Alcaraz, Medvedev through to US Open 3rd round

New York, Aug 31 (EFE).- Without major problems or setbacks, tennis world No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz sealed his place in the third round of the US Open on Thursday with a three-set victory against South African Lloyd Harris.

The defending champion defeated Harris, ranked 177th in the world, 6-3, 6 -1, 7-6(4) in two hours and 28 minutes.

With world No. 2 Djokovic as a great threat on the other side of the draw (they would only see each other in the final), Alcaraz has started his title defense steadily.

Harris hardly put up any resistance Thursday night and Germany’s Dominik Koepfer, his opponent in the first round, withdrew with an injury in the second set after spraining his ankle in the first game of the match.

The challenges will likely begin in the next round with his match against Britain’s Daniel Evans.

World No. 26, Evans, who on Thursday beat Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp, has lost his two matches so far against Alcaraz: in the round of 32 in Vienna in 2021 and in the semifinals of the Conde de Godo tournament this year.

The duel against Evans will require that Alcaraz have to put his tennis one more gear, especially against the ‘ogres’ that could appear later on his way to the final: the Britain’s Cameron Norrie in the round of 16, the Italian Jannik Sinner in the quarterfinals and the Russian Daniil Medvedev in the semifinals.

No. 3 seed Medvedev beat Australian Christopher O’Connell on Thursday with more difficulties than expected and qualified for the third round of the US Open after a match that ended after one in the morning in New York.

“I hope you don’t have to get up early tomorrow,” Medvedev said on court, thanking the spectators who stayed until the end at Louis Armstrong Stadium.

The Russian took the match 6-2, 6-2, 6-7(6), 6-2 after three hours and four minutes.

Medvedev, champion of the US Open in 2021, seemed to have the match completely controlled in the third set with 4-2 in his favor and after having won the first two sets.

But then O’Connell reacted admirably, forcing the tie break and hooking the fans to a possible helping of epic late into the night.

Finally, Medvedev, who faced some fans during the match, recovered in the fourth set and closed his pass for a third round in which he will face against Argentine Sebastián Báez (32). EFE


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