Carlos Alcaraz overcomes Sebastian Korda to reach Roland Garros round of 16

Friday, 31 May 2024 at 23:20
The third round match at Roland Garros 2024 for Carlos Alcaraz pitted the player from Murcia against Sebastian Korda. The world number 3 wanted to reach the round of 16, and managed to defeat the American without many complications, except for a second set that went to a tie break. The result was 4-6, 6(5)-7 and 3-6.


In the first set, Alcaraz started the match strongly by breaking Korda's serve and taking a 0-1 lead. However, the American would react quickly and, with a break, returned the tie to the scoreboard. After this crazy start, there was not going to be any more break opportunities until almost the end of the set.
At 4-4, Carlitos was 30-40 on Korda's serve, and got a crucial break to serve with the possibility of winning the first set. In the end, the Spaniard got it, and put the 4-6 with a game in white.


In the second set, Sebastian Korda started by winning his first serve. But his confidence with his serve was not going to last long. At the first break ball with 1-1, Alcaraz managed to break Korda's serve to take a 1-2 lead, and confirmed the break with a blank game that left him 1-3 up. However, Korda managed to react after the 2-3, and with a break put equality again in the Philippe Chatrier's scoreboard. 3-3.
Then, Carlos Alcaraz would have three break points to get back in front, but Sebastian Korda saved all of them, and got the 4-3. From that moment, there would not be a single break opportunity until the end of the set, and therefore the two players went to the tie break. In the tiebreak, the first four points were mini breaks. At 4-4, Korda lost his serve. Alcaraz had a first set point with his serve at 4-6, but could not materialize it. However, he only delayed his victory in the second set, as with a mini break he closed the tie break by 5-7 to put himself 0-2 in sets.
Alcaraz now has an incredible 48-10 (83%) record in Grand Slams.


In the third set, Alcaraz would have his first break opportunities with 0-1 up. However, Korda saved the two break balls of the Spaniard, 1-1. Carlitos was playing a very serious tennis. After a game in white that put him 1-2 up, the Spaniard broke with his first break point. Then, he got another game in white that left the score 1-4 in his favor, and with a very touched Sebastian Korda.
From this point on, Alcaraz only had to keep the advantage until the end to win the match. So it was to be and, closing the third and final set by 3-6, Carlitos got into the round of 16 at Roland Garros, where he will face the winner of the match between Ben Shelton and Felix Auger-Aliassime.

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