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Carlos Alcaraz



After having saved two breaking balls, another error returned to throw him against the ropes.

He cursed and hit the ground with his racket.

He missed again and took the ball out of court 17 with a right to the sky.

The unpleasant day, marked by the wind, called more for practical tennis than for that relentless courage.

The erratic man from Murcia was unable to adapt, and after a brilliant start, he lost 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 and 7-6 (5) in the second round of the Australian Open against Swede

Mikael Ymer


Those 17 years that are so rarely noticed showed through.

As if the match were a continuation of the duel against

Van de Zandzschulp

, Alcaraz swept the first set, 6-2 in 27 minutes.

It was what came next that revealed the way he still has to go.

From the anecdotal point of view, that fixation on a left that barely entered because it did not measure well, because it was not the right track, so fast, nor the day, with so much wind;

until reading: that even on hard court you have to choose the moments to be aggressive.

It took Ymer twice as much, almost an hour, to level the game, but he was clear about the path beforehand.

The distribution of blows is significant.

The two were very irregular, 60 unforced errors Alcaraz for 50 of the Nordic.

But while the Murcian had 43 winners, Ymer was only 25. And he still took the victory.

It was a day to be more practical than incisive.

Alcaraz had his option in the third set.

He had three balls to go 3-0, but did not take advantage of any.

Ymer did his job, holding up well in the back of the track when the Murcian took the initiative even in the rest, choosing better the moment to pass the attack.

The pupil of

Juan Carlos Ferrero

, Fallon, failed to

find the brake.

Alcaraz says goodbye to his first great in the second round and with duties for a bright future that has only just begun.

The feat of Feliciano López

Feliciano López

admits that he doubted until the last moment whether or not to travel to the

Australian Open


He became a father earlier this year and was reluctant to leave his family for no less than three weeks.

But the Toledo confesses that these tournaments are the ones that with almost 40 years continue to move him.

And, apparently in


, he couldn't deny it.

Feli completed a superb comeback against

Lorenzo Sonego

(5-7, 3-6, 7-3, 7-5, 6-4) to stand in the third round.

The feat has added a bit of history because, at 39 years and four months, he is the oldest tennis player to reach the third round of a great since

Ken Rosewall

in 1978. López beat Sonego with his hallmarks: he won 80% of the points he played with his first serve and went up 80 times to the net, with an effectiveness of 75%.

The 'prize', a duel in the third round with

Andrey Rublev

, number eight in the world, who beat

Thiago Monteiro

6-4, 6-4 and 7-6 (8).

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