Carlos Alcaraz fights against the Dutchman Jesper de Jong and reaches the third round of the French Open | tennis news

Carlos Alcaraz reached the third round of the French Open but suffered a worrying loss of form midway through his match against Dutch qualifier Jesper de Jong before winning 6-3, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2.

The third seed was forced to work hard to build a two-set lead under the Court Philippe Chatrier roof, but 176th-ranked De Jong refused to be intimidated and extended the match as Alcaraz suffered a rough patch in the third set.

An error-plagued Alcaraz continued to struggle as the first four games of the fourth set were against serve and the 21-year-old grew increasingly frustrated on court.

Alcaraz regained some control just in time to hold serve and take a 3-2 lead and broke De Jong’s serve in the next game as his valiant opponent finally began to lose steam.

There was some relief when Alcaraz accelerated to victory and De Jong scored a forehand after just over three hours to end an absorbing contest.

“In this type of tournament every player can put you in trouble,” Alcaraz said. “The ranking doesn’t matter… (De Jong) showed that he has it. He is going to enter the (top) 100.”

The Greek star advances to the third round

Former French Open runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas survived a mid-match wobble before achieving victory over German Daniel Altmaier 6-3, 6-2, 6-7 (2-7) and 6-4 on the Suzanne-Lenglen court.

The ninth seed, winner in Monte Carlo last month and finalist in Barcelona, ​​is one of the contenders for the title, with clay being his favorite surface.

He seemed headed for an easy victory as he cruised through the first two sets in less than an hour before Altmaier upped his game and became more aggressive.

The German refused to give in in the third set, dominating the tie-break to close the gap.

His first break on Tsitsipas’ serve put him up 4-3 when his opponent hit the net with a backhand in the fourth with Altmaier pumping his fists.

But the Greek recovered quickly, breaking back and seeing out the match on his opponent’s serve.

“Fighting against yourself. This is something that will happen during a match. You have to fight against your emotions and feelings,” Tsitsipas said of his loss of concentration.

“The biggest war you have is with yourself. You have to resolve that and get it out of the way. I was down on the scoreboard. I didn’t give up. I’ve had a lot of comebacks in the past and I’ve learned from them.

“I remember them and they inspired me to get back on the scoreboard and be the type of player I look to be when things aren’t going so well.”

What’s coming up on Sky Sports Tennis?

In the lead-up to the third Grand Slam in 2024, Wimbledon, you’ll be able to see all of tennis’s biggest stars in action. live on Sky Sports as they compete during the grass season.

  • Stuttgart Open (ATP 250 with Andy Murray in action) – June 10-16
  • Rosmalen Open (ATP/WTA 250) – June 10-16

Watch the WTA and ATP Tours throughout 2024 on Sky Sports Tennis. Stream Sky Sports Tennis and more with a NOW Sports Month membership. No contract, cancel at any time.

Leave a Comment