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Carlos Alcaraz dumps foe in Madrid Open; Nadal, Swiatek advance

by Noe
Carlos Alcaraz dumps foe in Madrid Open

Carlos Alcaraz dumped his third-round foe in the Madrid Open on Sunday, while Rafael Nadal and Iga Swiatek also advanced.

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ALCARAZ DUMPS FOE IN COMFORTABLE MADRID OPEN THIRD-ROUND WIN

Alcaraz was never threatened in a 6-3 6-3 victory over Seyboth Wild in his first tournament back after recovering from an arm injury.

The Spanish world No.3 admitted being nervous before getting past Wild to move past the third round.

“I think I played at a really good level. Coming into this match, I was nervous a little bit because I didn’t know how my forearm was going to be,” Alcaraz said.

“I think I’m in a good shape right now. I’m not feeling anything in the forearm and I played good tennis,” he added.

The arm injury forced Alcaraz to miss the Monte Carlo Masters and Barcelona Open was wasn’t sure of showing up in Madrid until the last minute.

The Spaniard now advances into the next round against Jan-Lennard Struff, whom Alcaraz faced in last year’s Madrid final.

NADAL, SINNER HURDLE FOES TO ADVANCE

Nadal continued his progress in his recovery from a hi[p injury after he defeated world No.11 Alex de Minaur, 7-6(6), 6-3.

The former world No.1 drew inspiration from the crowd that included Spanish King Felipe VI and soccer great Zinedine Zidane at the Caja Magica.

“It was incredible. (But) I had the dream of experiencing feelings like this again and above all at home,” Nadal said.

“I have been through some very difficult months when there were moments when I didn’t see the reason to continue,” he added.

Nadal, who opened his campaign with a win over Darwin Blanch on Thursday, next faces Pedro Cachin, the Argentine who beat Frances Tiafoe, 7-6(1), 3-6, 6-4.

Jannik Sinner cruised past fellow Italian Lorenzo Sonego, 6-0, 6-3, to improve to 5-0 in their head-to-head matchup.

Third seed Daniil Medvedev defeated Matteo Arnaldi, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, to advance into the next round against Sebastian Korda.

SWIATEK MAKES QUICK WORK OF CIRSTEA TO REACH NEXT ROUND

Swiatrek made short work of Sorana Cirstea, 6-1, 6-1, to advance to the women’s last 16.

The world No.1 improved to 26-4 in 2024, as she uses the tournament as preparation for the French Open next month.

Swiatek is scheduled to battle Sara Sorribes Tormo, the Spaniard who ousted Victoria Azarenka, 7-6(0), 6-3.

World No.2 Aryna Sabalenka survived American wildcard Robin Montgomery, 6-1, 6-7(5), 6-4.

She will next face American Danielle Collins, who rallied to beat Jacqueline Cristian, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.

In other matches, teenager Sara Bejlek beat Ashlyn Krueger, 6-3, 6-1, while 16-year-old Mirra Andreeva pulled off a 7-5, 6-1 decision over No.7 seed Marketa Vonrousova.

Other winners in the women’s division include Ons Jabeur, Maria Sakkari, Jelena Ostapenko, and Madison Keys.

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