Carlos Alcaraz advances to the second round after winning a five-set thriller

Carlos Alcaraz advances to the second round after winning a five-set thriller: On Monday, Spanish youngster Carlos Alcaraz defeated German Jan-Lennard Struff after falling two sets to one and advanced to the second round at Wimbledon. 

The 19-year-old won 4-6, 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (7/3), 6-4 with a stunning performance of shotmaking that included 30 aces and 73 winners. 

The next opponent for Alcaraz, the youngest player in the draw, will be either Tallon Griekspoor of the Netherlands or Fabio Fognini of Italy.

I played five sets in the first round here last year, so that should tell you how much I appreciate grass, Alcaraz said in jest.

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain defeated Hubert Hurkacz in the 2021 semifinals with the first final-set 10-point tiebreak in the competition.

In a match that was twice halted by rain, world number 37 Davidovich Fokina defeated the seventh-seeded Pole 7-6 (7/4), 6-4, 5-7, 2-6, and 7-6 (10/8).

“I didn’t know whether to eat lunch or take a snooze when the rain arrived at 5-5 in the third set,” admits 2017 junior champion Davidovich Fokina, who needed five match chances to secure the victory.

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The two-time champion Andy Murray also advanced, coming back from a setdown to defeat James Duckworth of Australia, who hasn’t recorded a single victory in 2022.

Murray won 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, and 6-4.

The 35-year-old remarked, “I’m getting on a little now, so don’t know how many more opportunities I’ll have to play on Centre Court.”

Ons Jabeur, the new women’s world number two, was unfazed by the rain cancelling 10 matches and causing around two hours of play to be missed on Monday.

In only 54 minutes on Court One, the Tunisian, a quarterfinalist in 2021, easily defeated Swedish qualifier Mirjam Bjorklund 6-1, 6-3.

Anett Kontaveit, the third-ranked player in the world, defeated American Bernarda Pera 7-5, 6-1 to start her quest to advance to the second week.

Emma Raducanu, the US Open winner, defeated Alison van Uytvanck on Centre Court easily, 6-4, 6-4, much to the joy of a supportive home crowd.

When the 10th seed prevailed in New York last year, she became the first British woman to win a Grand Slam singles title since Virginia Wade at Wimbledon in 1977.

‘Special feeling’

The British number one, who advanced to the fourth round at Wimbledon last time, said, “It’s an extremely great feeling to be back there.”

The day’s greatest casualty was Australian Open champion Danielle Collins, who lost to Czech Marie Bouzkova, the seventh-seeded player.

The world number 66 rallied to win 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 after falling by a break in the last set.

Casper Ruud defeated Albert Ramos-Vinolas in straight sets to become the first player at Wimbledon to win a match.

Ruud, the third seed and Rafael Nadal’s runner-up in the French Open won 7-6 (7/1), 7-6 (11/9), and 6-2.

Enzo Couacaud, a French qualifier, was defeated by John Isner 6-7 (6/8), 7-6 (7/3), 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 on the strength of 54 aces and 97 winners. Murray will be Isner’s next opponent.

Covid for Cilic

The 2017 runner-up, Marin Cilic, withdrew before striking a ball after testing positive for Covid-19.

Beatriz Haddad Maia, who entered with a season-high 12 victories on grass after winning championships in Nottingham and Birmingham, failed to clear the first obstacle.

Brazil’s 28th-ranked player was defeated by Slovenia’s Kaja Juvan 6-4, 4-6, and 6-2.

Wimbledon has restored to full attendance for 2022 after a pandemic-caused cancellation of the 2020 event and a tournament with a smaller capacity in 2017.

Some Russian and Belarusian athletes, including men’s world number one Daniil Medvedev, barred after the invasion of Ukraine, are not present in the lineup.

Additionally missing is eight-time winner Federer, who is recovering from knee surgery.

Serena Williams, attempting to beat Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slams, will play her first singles match since her triumph last year.

Rafael Nadal and the American superstar, who has won Wimbledon seven times, will begin their campaigns on Tuesday.

The Spaniard is halfway to the first men’s calendar Grand Slam since 1969 after winning the Australian Open and French Open this year.