Carlos Alcaraz made a winning return to the site of his first ATP title on Thursday, cruising past Norbert Gombos, 6-2, 6-3, in his opening match in Umag, Croatia.

The 19-year-old Spaniard’s win over the Slovakian was his 40th win of the year, making him just the second man to record 40 or more tour-level wins in 2022.

MOST WINS IN 2022 (men, tour-level)
42: Stefanos Tsitsipas (42-14)
40: Carlos Alcaraz (40-6)
35: Rafael Nadal (35-3)
35: Casper Ruud (35-13)
32: Jannik Sinner (32-9)
32: Andrey Rublev (32-11)
32: Cameron Norrie (32-16)

It was also Alcaraz’s 25th clay-court win of the year, tying Ruud for the lead—Alcaraz is now 25-3 on the surface this year, while Ruud is 25-7.

Alcaraz, who’s now 6-0 in his career in Umag—he went 5-0 en route to the title last year—will play Argentina’s Facundo Bagnis in the quarterfinals on Friday.