Alcaraz is hopeful of making this event the first one in his career where he succesfully defends a trophy. He won it last year in impressive fashion and is looking really strong this year after winning two matches in straight sets. Speaking after the match, Alcaraz said:
"I'm very happy to go through to the next round, it was a very difficult game. Everyone knows the capacity Roberto has, how tough he is, and it wasn't easy at all with the wind."
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"We say that games like this you have to win with professionalism and hard work. It was very hard to play at the best level, for Roberto too, I'm sure."