Only 19 years old but already a slew of blockbusters on the clock. Let’s say it right away: it’s almost a miracle that Carlos Alcaraz is still alive in this tournament. Because the prodigious kid came very close to the correctional, saving a match point against his eldest and compatriot Albert Ramos-Vinolas. Neutralized tactically for almost 4:30, feverish as rarely on his backhand, the seeded number 6 finally managed to get out of it, through a mouse hole, with the strength of his arm and his iron will. It took him five sets of an insane fight, marked by some exceptional blows, to slip away in the 3rd round (6-1, 6-7, 5-7, 7-6, 6-4). Crazy. By dint of being threatening, we really thought that the sky would end up falling on his head. It is however under a radiant sun that the two Spaniards started the fight. Quickly, we thought Ramos-Vinolas K.-O. from the first round. Drunk with blows and overwhelmed by the power of Alcaraz, the 44th in the world seemed far too limited to compete with the phenomenon (6-1 in the first set). But if the prodigy has the talent on his side, the Spanish veteran had the experience and the sense of the game on his side. Roland-Garros “There is a line not to cross”: why the French public is so hot? 3 HOURS AGO Thanks to fluffy balls sent on the backhand of Alcaraz, they found the perfect parade to save time and regain the ascendancy in the exchange. Better still, he saw his young opponent gradually decline technically, offering a number of free points, especially on the backhand (74 unforced errors in total). Then the unthinkable happened.Carlos Alcaraz, in full questioning during his match against Ramos-VinolasCredit: Getty ImagesThe shaking arm of Ramos-VinolasBy bringing everything back thanks to his domed balls and outside effects, Ramos-Vinolas completely annihilated the firepower of Alcaraz. Despite two sets hanging on the score, it was the 34-year-old who had control of the match (6-1, 6-7 , 5-7). Unbreathable, this fourth was, even more when the wind of the ball seemed to push Alcaraz towards the exit. At 5-4 on his serve, Ramos-Vinolas offered himself a match point, causing tremors throughout Roland-Garros. But the experience may well be there, it was insufficient to remove this trembling arm, causing a direct fault on his part. His luck had passed. But the match was still unbreathable. Because if Ramos-Vinolas had not succeeded in finishing his prey, this one did not seem to particularly rebel. Despite winning the fourth set in the tie-break, Alcaraz fell back into his ways, alternating faults and flashes without any real continuity. Often in a defensive position, he was broken early in the last set, to the point of being trailing 3-0.Carlos Alcaraz against Albert Ramos-VinolasCredit: Getty ImagesTwo magic shots to claim victoryBut if this kid is also special, it is because he has the gene of the giants, the one who prevents the latter from abdicating. With each point won, he clenched his fist, proof that his ambition was intact. So he broke on an exceptional shot, an unreal one-handed long line passing. Carried by Simonne-Mathieu, the prodigy continued, achieving a final break on an incredible defense, which inevitably reminded his most illustrious compatriot. It was with an eruption of joy that the nascent champion celebrated this miracle. Back from hell, he can still consider aiming for paradise. Definitely, this 19-year-old kid is stunning.Roland-GarrosMoutet had the right to live his dream: “I would have liked to play against him all night”3 HOURS AGORoland-GarrosThe idol was merciless: Nadal corrects Moutet and file in the 3rd round4 HOURS AGO
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