LONDON (AP) — So much for Carlos Alcaraz being a novice on the grass.
The new big thing in men's tennis looked quite at home on the lush green surface at the Queen's Club Championships in beating Jiri Lehecka of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals on Thursday.
Alcaraz, ranked No. 2 and the top-seeded player in west London, is playing the Wimbledon warmup event for the first time. Indeed, these are his first professional games on grass outside the All England Club, where he'll head next month seeking his second Grand Slam title after the U.S. Open last year.
Alcaraz said his expectation levels on grass "are going to change" given the way he dispatched Lehecka, who came in at a career-high ranking of No. 36.
"After this match and this level, I think I'm ready to get good results on grass," the Spaniard said.