2022 In Review: Carlos Alcaraz Reaches His First Masters 1000 Qf

Carlos Alcaraz reaches his first Masters 1000 QF

Carlos Alcaraz, 18, enjoyed a couple of excellent weeks at the start of the season. The young Spaniard became the youngest ATP 500 champion (since 2009) in Rio de Janeiro, cracking the top 20 and notching his first Davis Cup victory for his country.

Eager for more, Alcaraz advanced to his first Masters 1000 quarterfinal in Indian Wells following a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Gael Monfils in one hour and 17 minutes. The youngster served at 70% and dropped seven points behind the opening shot to keep the pressure on the other side.

Carlos fired 22 winners and 16 unforced errors, outpointing Gael in the later rallies after a great display of attacking and defensive hitting. The Spaniard took almost half of the return points and converted them into four breaks, enough to propel him to the finish line.

Monfils stayed in contact until the closing stages of the first set. Alcaraz shifted into a higher gear and won nine of the last ten games to become Indian Wells’ youngest quarterfinalist.

Carlos Alcaraz reached his first Masters 1000 quarterfinal in Indian Wells.

The Spaniard poured in three straight points in the third game of the opener to create a break chance with a forehand winner.

Gael saved it with a forced error and held with a serve winner to avoid an early backhand. Carlos secured the result at 2-2 with a booming serve and hit a game-winning volley in the sixth game to make it 3-3. Changing the pace with drop shots, Alcaraz earned another break chance in game seven and sprayed it to keep the opposition on the bright side.

Serving to stay in the set in the tenth game, Carlos landed a forehand winner on open court and sent the pressure the other way. Monfils opened up a 40-15 lead in game 11, but it didn’t go his way. Carlos forced his error with a deep return to create a break point opportunity and he capitalized on it with a perfect winner to put him 6-5 ahead.

Serving for the set, Alcaraz fired a service winner in game 12 to bring it home in 50 minutes and get a big boost. The youngster controlled the pace of the opening game of the second set and took a break with another winner.

The Spaniard confirmed the lead with a serve winner in game two and secured another break a few minutes later after Monfils’ backhand error. Alcaraz opened a 4-0 gap with a service winner and was held at love two games later at 5-1. With nothing going his way, Gael dropped serve again in game seven to propel the young gun into the quarterfinals.

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