A first for Carlos in Melbourne

Henry

Carlos Alcaraz, the Spanish tennis crown prince, has advanced to the fourth round of the Australian Open for the first time in his career.

His opponent, Shang Juncheng’s sore leg meant that he had to retire, but the world’s second best player already enjoyed a lead of 6-1, 6-1 and 1-0.

Alcaraz will face Croatia’s Miomir Kecmanovic in the fourth round.

“I feel very good at the moment and I’m playing almost at the top of my ability,” the Spaniard said after his match.

“At the same time, I’m also getting more used to the conditions in Melbourne; I move better on the court and also hit the ball much more cleanly than before.”

This is the 20-year-old player’s third Australian Open tournament. In his previous attempts, he was eliminated in the second (2021) and third (2022) rounds.

  • Results:

Men:

Andrey Rublev beat Sebastian Korda 6-2, 7-6 and 6-4

Alex de Minaur beat Flavio Cobolli 6-3, 6-3 and 6-1

Novak Djokovic beat Tomas Etcheverry 6-3, 6-3 and 7-6

Adrian Mannarino beats Ben Shelton 7-6, 1-6, 6-7, 6-3, 6-4

Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Luca van Assche 6-3, 6-0 and 6-4

Taylor Fritz beat Fabian Marozsan 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 and 6-2

Jannik Sinner beat Sebastian Baez 6-0, 6-1 and 6-3

Hubert Hurkacz beats Ugo Humbert 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 and 6-3

Miomir Kecmanovic beats Tommy Paul 6-4, 3-6, 2-6, 7-6 and 6-0

Women:

Victoria Azarenka beat Jelena Ostapenko 6-1 and 7-5

Barbora Krejcikova beat Storm Hunter 4-6, 7-5 and 6-3

Maria Timofeeva beat Beatriz Haddad Maia 7-6 and 6-3

Coco Gauff beat Alycia Parks 6-0 and 6-2

Aryna Sabalenka beat Lesia Tsurenko 6-0 and 6-0

Amanda Anisimova beat Paula Badosa 7-5 and 6-4.