Carlos Alcaraz wins from bottom to top against Albert Ramos Viñolas in straight sets (6-4, 6-1) in his duel for the second round of the ATP Masters 1000 tournament in Rome. The Murcian will be Lehecka’s or Marozsan’s rival in the next case.
first performance Carlos Alcaraz at this Internazionali BNL d’Italia after his back-to-back conquests in Barcelona and Madrid, showing that he is ready to go all out on this clay tour. Today it was his turn to see face to face with his countryman Albert Ramos Viñolas, a true specialist on slow pitches who wanted to trouble Murcia. The Catalan veteran had beaten the local Francesco Passaro in his debut, including the comeback.
Three previous clashes between the two Alcaraz leads with a 3-0 record. The most recent Roland Garros 2022 where Carlos needed five rounds to win.
Alcaraz starts off on the right foot
An unexpected start to the match, and that’s because Ramos managed to capitalize on back-to-back errors from Alcaraz in the first game to make the first break and take an early lead. The Catalan would have to fight back but held that lead for a few games until Carlitos returned the break in the fourth game to level the scores. It was all very even in the build-up, as Ramos didn’t seem too cocky about his rival’s ball speed as he had time to make key shots. Nevertheless, all the pressure fell on the shoulders of the Catalan tennis player, who suffered from Alcaraz’s attacks on the way back. On break at a critical moment, Carlos won the first set 6-4.
The trend would continue in the same way, an increasingly confident Alcaraz, who now created a lot of danger with his shots, against Ramos, who could only bet on the good placement of his shots and force mistakes from Murcia. This is how the first break of the set was created in favor of Ferrero’s student, who completely controlled the goal. After the second break, the defining numbers were already set, and Alcaraz finally judged his victory 6-1.