Carlos Alcaraz reacts and meets the expectations

He is the fifth seed of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. But, after seeing how the crowd gasps every time he hits the ball, it seemed as the favorite to lift the trophy next Sunday. Carlos Alcaraz, in any case, already knows what it’s like to walk on the RCTB centre court, suffer the logical nerves of his age and skillfully solve an expected but feared debut. Rafa Nadal already said, on many occasions, the beginning of any tournament is unpredictable. But Alcaraz overcame his nerves and advanced to the next round.

The native from Murcia, number 11 in the world ranking, started the match with all the speed and intensity that a wet court allowed due to the weather. All the fans at the Rafa Nadal court never would have imagined what happened in the second set, that a not very well known Korean tennis player would take a set of the great revelation of the circuit in 2022.

However, Alcaraz recovered, found his game and tomorrow he will face Jaume Munar, an RCTB player who knocked out the number 9 seed in the tournament, the Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili. Fratricidal duel between Spaniards and a new challenge for someone who, for better or for worse, has all eyes on him.