It wasn’t too method again that Rafael Nadal was handing Carlos Alcaraz a PlayStation as a result of the boy’s prize at an space tennis occasion in Spain.
Now the Spanish good is about to play in opposition to the promising teenager inside the second spherical of the Madrid Open.
The 17-year-old Alcaraz defeated Adrian Mannarino 6-4 6-0 on Monday to rearrange the “dream” matchup in opposition to the 20-time grand slam champion.
Alcaraz will face his idol on the Magic Field coronary heart courtroom on Wednesday, his birthday.
“It is going to be a dream come by way of to play towards Rafa right here,” Alcaraz talked about.
“I’ve needed to play towards him since I used to be a child. There might be no higher method than whereas celebrating my 18th birthday.”
Alcaraz, who’s competing in Madrid on a wild card, turned skilled in 2018 and has been considered by many as Spain’s successor to 34-year-old Nadal. They practiced collectively on the Australian Open, the place Alcaraz reached the second spherical.
He obtained the under-12 title in Madrid in 2015, and two years later reached the last word inside the under-16 event. A few years previously, Alcaraz and totally different kids acquired PlayStations from Nadal after competing in a occasion.
“I’ll attempt to be as relaxed as doable,” the 100 and twentieth-ranked Alcaraz talked about. “I’ll attempt to play my recreation and to continue learning and preserve having enjoyable.”
In numerous early spherical matches, Daniel Evans defeated Jeremy Chardy 7-6 (6) 6-7 (7) 6-2, and Danis Shapovalov obtained earlier Dusan Lajovic 6-1 6-3.
Fabio Fognini, who was disqualified from the Barcelona Open as a consequence of foul language, defeated Spanish qualifier Carlos Taberner 7-6 (4) 2-6 6-3 to rearrange an all-Italian battle in opposition to Matteo Berrettini inside the second spherical.
John Isner defeated Miomir Kecmanovic 6-4 7-6 (6), whereas fellow American Reilly Opelka misplaced to Dominik Koepfer 6-4 6-4. Different US players who obtained had been Marcos Giron and Tommy Paul.
Within the women’s draw, top-ranked Ashleigh Barty defeated French Open champion Iga Swiatek 7-5 6-4 in a round-of-16 match, whereas Spaniard Paula Badosa obtained earlier Anastasija Sevastova 6-7 (0) 7-6 (3) 6-0.
Petra Kvitova defeated Veronika Kudermetova 6-3 4-6 6-4, whereas eighth-seeded Belinda Bencic superior after Ons Jabeur retired.