November 28, 2023

UNITED STATES: To maneuver to the third spherical of the Cincinnati Open, Carlos Alcaraz overcame unseeded Australian Jordan Thompson 7-5 4-6 6-3. The win comes as Alcaraz faces challenges on the U.S. Open, which begins later this month. After falling behind within the first set attributable to rain, Alcaraz bounced again to interrupt Thompson’s serve and safe a 4-4 win.

The defending Flushing Meadows champion, who misplaced final week within the Toronto quarterfinals, capitalised as soon as once more for a 6-5 benefit earlier than profitable the set, however Thompson rapidly pulled away to take the subsequent set 5-2, placing him below stress.

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Thompson compelled a 3rd set after taking the subsequent two video games, whereas Alcaraz struggled together with his serve and forehand. After an early break, Alcaraz gained the higher hand within the decisive match, and he gained his fiftieth tour-level match of 2023 in simply over three hours.

Alcaraz confronted a difficult match within the rain, regardless of ready all day for it. Borna Coric, the reigning champion, defeated American Sebastian Korda in straight units 7-6(5), 6-4, whereas Taylor Fritz defeated Czech Republic’s Jiri Lehecka in straight units 7-6(14), 6-2. The match was difficult, however Alcaraz discovered his greatest stage ultimately.

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Croatian Coric gained a postponed match attributable to inclement climate, regardless of shedding within the Toronto match’s opening spherical. Korda, who has confronted early exits, had a bonus after changing a breakpoint within the third sport. Nonetheless, Coric leveled the match within the sixth sport and defended effectively to beat a 4-1 deficit within the tiebreak.

Korda, who struggled within the second set, earned a vital break within the third sport and ended the match with an unreturnable serve, regardless of dropping one first-serve level. Coric, who had raised the expectations, expressed nervousness earlier than the match. Korda will face Hubert Hurkacz of Poland after defeating Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis.

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Fritz defeated Lehecka in an exciting tiebreak, saving 5 set factors within the opening set. Within the second set, Fritz had the higher hand, profitable all however certainly one of his first-serve factors. Gael Monfils additionally superior after needing a medical timeout to are inclined to his left calf, defeating Cameron Norrie in a 6-3 6-4 6-3 win. Fritz’s power was evident within the tense and contested match.

Monfils expressed his gratitude to the ATP physiotherapist who supplied therapy and remained calm throughout his match. Alejandro Davidovich Fokina defeated Tomas Martin Etcheverry to advance to a match towards Novak Djokovic, who he defeated within the Monte Carlo closing the earlier 12 months. 

Felix Auger-Aliassime misplaced to Adrian Mannarino, whereas Emil Ruusuvuori gained his fourth high 10 title by defeating world quantity eight Andrey Rublev. Monfils praised the physiotherapist’s professionalism.

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