Carlos Alcaraz, the tournament’s top seed and a former world number one, was successful on his long-awaited comeback on Wednesday. The US Open champion Alcaraz, who was forced to withdraw from the Australian Open due to injury, overcame Serbian Laslo Djere with a score of 6-2 4-6 6-2. Since November, the 19-year-old Spaniard has not competed, and he recently lost the top spot in the rankings to seasoned Novak Djokovic.
Carlos Alcaraz is back to winning ways
Alcaraz won his first match since suffering an abdominal injury at the Paris Masters in November by dominating in Buenos Aires under the lights with his powerful baseline blows and drop shots. Read More: Wu Yibing Achieves Highest-Ever ATP Chinese Player Ranking
Dusan Lajovic, a fellow Serbian, will be Alcaraz’s next opponent. The two had only met once before in the second round of the 2017 Australian Open, with Lajovic losing in straight sets.
Alcaraz expressed his gratitude
“I’m really happy. It was such a great crowd and atmosphere, so I can just say thank you to all the fans here in Buenos Aires for the warm welcome that I received in this first match. I hope to keep going with this energy,” the Spaniard said.
“It’s a great feeling to win again,” Alcaraz expressed his relief. “It’s been a long time for me, no competition and no matches, just recovery. And finally, I got my first win of 2023.”
Alcaraz will face Dusan Lajovic in the next round
The 2023 Argentina Open quarterfinal matchup features Carlos Alcaraz versus Dusan Lajovic of Serbia. In the competition’s first-round match, Lajovic defeated Camila Ugo Carabelli 6-3, 6-1. The current score in their matchup is 1-0 in favour of Carlos Alcaraz. Read More: Will Injury Push Out Rafael Nadal From Top 10 Ranking After 18 Years?
In their only previous meeting, which took place in the second round of the Australian Open the previous year, the 19-year-old prevailed 6-2, 6-1, 7-5.
The winner of the US Open will aim to improve his ranking during his first outing at the Argentina Open in an effort to reclaim the top spot in the world from Novak Djokovic.
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