Alcaraz overcomes Muller despite error-strewn performance

Alcaraz overcomes Muller despite error-strewn performance

Top seed Carlos Alcaraz showcased a captivating display of power hitting, formidable returning, and delicate dropshots to defeat France’s Alexandre Muller 6-4 7-6(2) 6-3 and advance to the third round at Wimbledon on Friday.

Despite facing a resilient opponent, Alcaraz encountered some difficulties as he committed 41 unforced errors. Muller, ranked 84th, relished his first appearance on the grand stage and matched the Spaniard’s intensity throughout the match. Nevertheless, Alcaraz’s comprehensive game proved too formidable for the smiling top seed.

Muller, a 26-year-old who primarily competed on the second-tier challenger circuit, displayed his own impressive shots, particularly on the backhand. However, Alcaraz’s all-around skills ultimately prevailed.

Alcaraz demonstrated his prowess at crucial moments, executing backhands that skillfully curved around the net post, lobs that kissed the baseline chalk, and unreturnable serves reaching speeds of 130 miles per hour.

Securing a break of serve in the seventh game, Alcaraz clinched the first set on his fourth set point with an overpowering serve that Muller couldn’t handle.

In the second-set tiebreak, Alcaraz stormed to a commanding 6-0 lead before conceding a couple of points. He sealed the set with a masterful half-volley dropshot.

Having reached the fourth round at Wimbledon last year, Alcaraz utilized a scorching passing shot to break serve in the ninth game of the final set. He sealed the match on his own serve with a forehand winner.

Alcaraz expressed his desire to entertain the crowd and ensure their enjoyment of his matches. He also expressed his delight in playing on grass after triumphing in the Queen’s warm-up tournament last month.

“I’m gaining more experience and improving with every game,” Alcaraz stated during an on-court interview.

He further emphasized the unique nature of Wimbledon compared to other tournaments, expressing his intention to savor every moment, which he successfully accomplished.

Reporting by Clare Lovell, editing by Ed Osmond

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