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Carlos Alcaraz: ‘I have to be aggressive and go to the net’

The Big 3 have been the benchmarks of the men’s circuit for the past 15 years.

Carlos Alcaraz is starting to take flight again and he made it clear this Wednesday at the Swiss Indoors Basel by winning the last six games of a competitive match against Botic van de Zandschulp. The Spaniard signed a resounding 6-4, 6-2 in a game that was much closer than the score says.

But after a tight first set that was decided by a single break, Alcaraz found himself trailing 0-2 in the second when the Dutchman made his first break, before World No.1 in the world will accelerate at full speed until the end of the match.

In fact, five games in the second set went by deuce, but Alcaraz won four of them before taking the match out. In that game he left his rival to zero and took the victory in just under 90 minutes. Thus, the Spaniard is in tune with his triumph at the US Open last month, which earned him his debut atop the Pepperstone ATP Rankings.

Additionally, Alcaraz currently holds a 740-point lead over Rafael Nadal in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin. Already installed in his 11th quarter-final of the season, Alcaraz looks to add to his five (a year-high) ATP Tour titles in 2022.

His seven finals are the most as well, a mark he shares with Stefanos Tsitsipas. Alcaraz will clash on Friday with fifth seed Pablo Carreno Busta, who is coming off a 7-5, 6-7(3), 6-4 win over local favorite Dominic Stricker.

The Spaniard had to fight for two hours and 36 minutes to celebrate his No.35 of the season, and his seventh place in the quarterfinals. The duel with his friend and training partner for a place in the semifinals will not be the first between the two on the ATP Tour.

Carlos Alcaraz shocked everyone

Recent Us Open winner Carlos Alcaraz has struggled to confirm his status in recent weeks. He arrived in Basel with little confidence having won just one game in the last three including a surprise first-round loss in Astana to David Goffin.

The young Spaniard seems to have regained his tennis and his relaxation which is his strength. After a battle in the first round against Jack Draper (45th in the world) won in three sets, Carlos took on the Dutchman Botic Van de Zandschulp (35th).

He won 6-4 6-2 and therefore qualifies for the quarter-finals at the SwissIndoor Open which will take place on Friday. After his victory, the world number one confided in the important moments of the matches where he manages to disconnect the stake in order to play his best tennis.

“I want to be a great player and that’s what makes the difference between good players and the best, those are the important points. That’s when you need to bring out your best shots, in my case being aggressive, going to the net and hitting spectacular shots.

I don’t want to feel the pressure of the important points. I have fun and I go there, trying to play my best tennis,” said the 19-year-old Spaniard.

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