Shanghai Masters: Alcaraz Advances, Tsitsipas Eliminated from Final 16 in Tennis


Shanghai Masters: Alcaraz Advances, Tsitsipas Eliminated from Final 16 in Tennis

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In Shanghai, China, top seed Carlos Alcaraz fought through a grueling match he described as “one of the toughest this year” to secure a spot in the Shanghai Masters’ final 16 on Monday. He defeated Britain’s Daniel Evans with a score of 7-6 (7/1), 6-4. Alcaraz, the tournament’s only top-four seed remaining, faced intense physical competition from the 33rd-ranked Evans, who even led by three games at one point in the first set. However, Alcaraz gradually seized control and convincingly won the first-set tiebreaker, ultimately triumphing.

Reflecting on the challenging match, the 20-year-old Alcaraz said, “That was probably one of the toughest matches I’ve played this year. I tried to stay all the time there, waiting for my opportunities. I had to stay strong mentally, stay strong physically… I’m really happy with the level that I played.” Alcaraz’s next opponent will be Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, who overcame Russian Karen Khachanov with a score of 7-6 (8/6), 6-4.

As the competition progresses, Alcaraz, a two-time Grand Slam winner, stands as the favorite to claim the title, especially with the absence of world number one Novak Djokovic. His main rivals in the tournament have dwindled, with the second seed and defending champion Daniil Medvedev being upset in the previous round, along with the elimination of third seed Holger Rune.

Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas also faced a disappointing exit in the early hours of Tuesday after an inconsistent performance. Tsitsipas lost to France’s Ugo Humbert 6-4, 3-6, 7-5. Humbert maintained his composure during a late third-set fightback by Tsitsipas, securing the victory as Tsitsipas sent the final ball into the net in frustration. Humbert is set to face American JJ Wolf in the next round.

In other results, fifth seed and world number seven Andrey Rublev defeated Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 6-0, advancing to the final 16. Arthur Fils came from a set down against world number 12 Tommy Paul but ultimately fell to Paul in a three-set battle, with a score of 6-4, 6-7 (7/9), 6-4. Jannik Sinner is scheduled to face the United States’ Ben Shelton in the next round.

Wildcard Diego Schwartzman also secured a place in the fourth round by defeating world number eight Taylor Fritz in a thrilling third-set tiebreaker, with a score of 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7/5). Schwartzman, despite his lower ranking, played exceptional tennis and engaged the crowd, thanking the tournament organizers for the wildcard and expressing gratitude for their support during what he described as “not his best year.


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