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Alcaraz roared back from a second-set deficit to edge into the fourth round on the terre battue, where in-form Italian Lorenzo Musetti awaits.
Published Jun 02, 2023
WATCH: Alcaraz spoke to the media after his second-round victory at Roland Garros.
PARIS—Top seed Carlos Alcaraz is into the second week of Roland Garros for a second straight year, knocking out No. 26 seed Denis Shapovalov, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 under the lights of Court Philippe-Chatrier.
The world No. 1 roared back from 1-4 down in the second set and won 11 of the final 13 games to dismiss the big-hitting Canadian in two hours and 10 minutes and book a Round of 16 clash with in-form Italian Lorenzo Musetti.
Alcaraz was coming off of a surprising four-setter in his second round against Taro Daniel, and arrived to Chatrier on a mission against Shapovalov, who had never before faced the Spaniard but was enjoying a career-best run on the terre battue with wins over Brandon Nakashima and Matteo Arnaldi.
After getting blanked through the first five games, it took an audacious volley just to get Shapovalov on the board but Alcaraz was undeterred, winning the first set in under 40 minutes behind eight winners.
The hyper-aggressive lefty nonetheless enjoyed a stronger start to the second, breaking Alcaraz twice to move within two games of leveling the match.
But Alcaraz found a new gear from there, winning 10 of the next 11 games to find himself up two sets and a game away from the fourth round.
Though Shapovalov shook things up with one last hold, Alcaraz ultimately edged over the finish line on his second match point.
In all, Alcaraz struck a near-even 25 winners to 22 unforced errors, while Shapovalov was undone by 39 errors to just 17 winners; 10 double faults proved especially costly to the Canadian on serve.
Standing between Alcaraz and a second straight Roland Garros quarterfinal will be another talented youngster in Musetti, who shocked the world No. 1 in the finals of the Hamburg European Open.
“I see a friend,” Musetti said of who he’ll see across the net on Sunday. “I see that he started a way, a new generation. He's the first Grand Slam title after the Big 3, so I think it's sort of inspiration for us, for me, Holger, Jannik, and whoever is behind him, and trying to push him away and trying to get closer.
“I think that the match in Hamburg gave me a lot of confidence, especially on this side. So hopefully we will go to the match—of course it's a completely different position, different status, but I think we will enjoy, in this case, our match.”
Alcaraz’s win also wards off a challenge to his No. 1 ranking from Stefanos Tsitsipas, who edged into the fourth round earlier in the evening, narrowing it to a two-man race between himself and Novak Djokovic.