Carlos Alcaraz fought through the rain to earn his 50th win of the season by beating Jordan Thompson 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 on Wednesday at the Cincinnati Open. The top seeded Spaniard is bidding for his seventh trophy in 2023 as he prepares for his US Open title defense in less than two weeks. His victory lasted three hours. The world number one opened in the third set as he delivered two love games and advanced to match point two.
“I never played for him. And starting/stopping is not easy,” said Alcaraz. “Waiting for the rain is not easy.
“He plays very aggressively. I’m glad I got through it. It was a long day looking forward to playing. and then met with rain in the first set
“I have to play at the best level. I hope to have better conditions in the next round.”
Alcaraz was tested by No. 55 Thompson, who now stands 2-16 against Top-10 contenders.
The Spaniard has 32 wins and 41 unforced errors in the marathon.
including a 15-minute rain pause and a subsequent warm-up. The first set lasted nearly 90 minutes, with Thompson earning 10 breakpoints for only losing the first setpoint to Alcaraz.
Alcaraz returned from the break in the second set and ran away with the third set, while Thompson complained to the referee about his racket being improperly wound. which he only discovered towards the end of this epic
Elsewhere, an inspired Gale Monfils came to an end for England’s exodus with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 win over Cameron Knoor. Ri, seed 13
The seasoned French actor had his left knee encapsulated in the first match of his preliminary round. And was reassured by words of encouragement from the physio for a win that took England 0-3 on the day here.
The exit rush began with Andy Murray’s withdrawal due to an abdominal injury that had been present since last week in Toronto.
Meanwhile, on court, Lorenzo Musetti beat Dan Evans 6-4, 6-3 before Monfils staged a comeback victory against British number one Norrie.
in other competitions Alexander Zverev defeated former tournament mate Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 6-2.
Zverev from Germany The No. 16 seed last claimed a place in 2021, while Dimitrov lifted the trophy in 2017.
Zverev was joined in the second round by former semi-finalist Stan Wawrinka, who clinched the victory after rain stalled his race the night before.
Switzerland’s three-time Grand Slam champion defeated Brandon. American Nakashima 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, needing just two conclusion games to reach the second round after an overnight stop.
Borna Coric finished off Petra Korda with a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 win, while Hugo Humbert beat compatriot Arthur Phils 6-. 4, 3-6, 6-2
In the WTA draw, the career-long comeback of former No. 1 Carolina Wozniacki failed to ignite when the Dane went down to lucky French loser Varvara Gracheva 6-4, 6-4 in 96 minutes.
Wozniacki, 33, won his first comeback match last week in Montreal before losing to Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova in the second round.
Three-time Grand Slam runner-up Ons Jaber is playing for the first time since losing in the Wimbledon final last month. She survived her battle with Annehelina Kalinina of Ukraine, advancing to the third round 6-3, 6-7 (2/7), 7 -6 (7/2).
Sloane Stephens, an American with no rank Her 12th tournament appearance defeated title holder Caroline Garcia 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 to reach the round of 16 with Jaber.
The sixth-seeded Frenchwoman won here last year in her qualifying start. by defeating 3 top 10 competitors along the way
Marketa Vondrousova, All England Club champions, beat Katerina Siniakova 7-5, 6-4.
Two-time Cincinnati winner Victoria Azarenka leveled from 1-4 in the second set to overhaul Barbora Krajzikova 6-3, 7-5.
Fellow Azarenka Grand Slam champion Petra Kvitova beat Anna Blinkova 7-6 (7/2), 6-0.
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