The Spanish Carlos Alcaraz placeholder image He beat the Slovak on Tuesday Lukas lacko by a double 6-3, in one hour and 21 minutes, in his first match of the qualifying phase of Roland Garros and is two triumphs away from qualifying to play the Grand slam from Paris.
Alcaraz, 18 years old and who this week appears for the first time in the ‘top 100’ – he occupies the 94th position of the ATP -, fulfilled the predictions against a rival 15 years older than him and that is 212 in the world.
After beating Lacko, his next opponent will be the Italian Andrea Pellegrino placeholder image, 24 years old and 234 on the world list, who beat the Czech Zdenek Kolar by 6-3 and 6-4.
Juan Carlos Ferrero’s pupil, who recently won the ‘Challenger’ tournament in Oeiras, in Portugal, was not surprised and, although the beginnings of both sets were even, he imposed his law and awarded them with the same result.
In the first round, Lacko took the initiative to start by keeping his serve for 0-1, 1-2 and 2-3, but Alcaraz was also firm with the service and there were successive equalized until in the seventh game the Spanish achieved a break.
In the eighth, he scored his blank serve and closed the set with a new “break” after 41 minutes of play.
The Slovak started the second heat well. He achieved his first and only break in the match and immediately tied his serve to get 0-2 up.
Lacko’s lead remained until 1-3, but then Alcaraz reacted with the solidity that usually accompanies his tennis. He won five games in a row -one blank, three giving up a point and another with more difficulties, 3-3- and, after another 40 minutes on the court, he signed access to the second round of this preliminary phase.
Alcaraz is looking for his second final frame in a Grand Slam, after participating in the Australian Open last January also coming from the previous one.