Carlos Alcaraz ‘feeling 100%’ after claiming quartet of quarters to breeze through in Barcelona
Carlos Alcaraz awaits a possible encounter with familiar foe Stefanos Tsitsipas after he made short work of compatriot Jaume Munar to reach the last eight in Barcelona.
The 18-year-old downed Munar 6-3, 6-3 in a little over an hour to claim his 20th win of the season.
Alcaraz should be happy to have won quickly too, as a washout yesterday means he will have to play again today to complete his quarter-final.
He said in his post-match interview: “I love playing in front of the Spanish crowd.
“Now I’m focused for the next round.
When asked about the prospect of playing twice in one day and on his energy levels, Alcaraz said: “[I’m] 100%, of course.
“I’m going to play a quarter-final here in Barcelona.
“It’s a time to give 100% against Grigor (Dimitrov) of Tsitsipas.
“[Whoever I play] it’s going to be a great match and I’ll have to give not 100% but 200%!”
While Alcaraz has never faced Dimitrov, he is beginning to build somewhat of a rivalry with Tsitsipas.
The two have now met twice before, with the younger man downing the Greek on both occasions, at the US Open last year and in Miami earlier this month.
After successfully defending his Monte Carlo Masters title, Tsitsipas has overtaken Alcaraz in the ATP points Race to Turin and the ATP Finals.
However, should the pari meet in the last eight and Alcaraz win before going on to claim the title in Barcelona, the Spaniard could close the gap between them to just 70 points.
On the other hand, should Tsitsipas win the title in Barcelona he would open up an 890 point gap ahead of the teenager and trail leader Rafael Nadal by just 410 points.
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