Carlos Alcaraz, with his mind on Cincinnati after his fall in Canada

Carlos Alcaraz, with his mind on Cincinnati after his fall in Canada

Murcian Carlos Alcaraz, number one in the world, will appear for the first time in the Cincinnati Masters 1000 against the winner of the match between American John Isner and a player from the former, at the beginning of a path that could lead to a new duel with Serbian Novak Djokovic, who returned to the stadiums after losing to Spaniards at Wimbledon.

Alcaraz, who lost last Friday in the quarter-finals in Toronto to American Tommy Paul, may meet the American again in the tournament that will be held on hard surfaces from the 12th to the 20th of this month.

On his side of the draw are also the Russian Andrei Rublev, the Norwegian Casper Rudd, the Croatian Borna Coric, the defending champion, and the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, among others. Novak Djokovic, in turn, will start the tournament against the Toronto semi-finalist, Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina or Argentine Thomas Martin Echeverri, with the possibility of future confrontations with Britain’s Cameron Norrie and Italian Yannick Sinner.

Russian Daniil Medvedev, the third seed, is awaiting the winner of the match between Englishman Daniel Evans, Italian Lorenzo Musetti and Scottish Andy Murray, who will face 11th seed Russia Karen Khachanov.

The elimination of Carlos Alcaraz Garvia in the quarter-finals of the Toronto Masters 1000, in Canada, at the hands of the American Tommy Paul, who beat him accurately 3-6, 6-4, 3-6, in favor of the young tennis player from Murcia. He ceases to be the best Spaniard in the tournament he has played after being in the previous 12 he has been on the ATP circuit.

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The player from El Palmar, who at the age of 20 is still No. 1 in the world and with a greater margin compared to the second, Novak Djokovic, than when he started playing at Sobis Stadium in Ontario – he now has 9395 points per 8795 of the Serbs, that is, 600 advantage, It was a bad day and he paid for it by losing to a 26-year-old competitor and 14th in the standings who was riding high.

Thus, Alcaraz will not be in the semifinals of this tournament, which will be done by Alejandro Davidovich Fokina from Malaga, who beat another American like Mackenzie McDonald 6-4, 6-3 and will face the Australian in this case. Alex De Minor.

Not surprisingly, in 2023, with 49 victories and only five defeats on the circuit, Murcian won Wimbledon, Indian Wells, Madrid Masters 1000, ATP 500 for Barcelona and Queen’s and the ATP 250. Buenos Aires.

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