Carlos Alcaraz US Open 2022

‘Unlucky for him’ – Carlos Alcaraz makes unfortunate Paris exit with injury

Carlos Alcaraz has ended his Paris Masters campaign with injury after being forced to retire from his quarter-final with Holger Rune. 

The world number one was second best on the day against the Dane as he trailed 6-3, 5-6 before asking for the physio. Alcaraz was feeling pain in his left abdominal when he took a medical timeout in anticipation of a likely tiebreak.

Rune then held serve to bring up the breaker. With Alcaraz serving down 1-2 he sauntered to the net after letting a winner past him, retiring down 6-3, 6-6 (3-1). Rune was playing his first career Masters 1000 quarter-final.

“It was a brilliant match from the start until the end,” Rune said after the win. “It was obviously very unfortunate that he had to retire. I thought it was a great match, unlucky for him.

“I think we both played very well and I was super focused and it was an amazing crowd, amazing tennis so I’m super pleased in how I handled everything today.”

The 19-year-old will now take on Felix Auger-Aliassime for a place in the final after the Canadian made it past Frances Tiafoe in his earlier quarter-final. Auger-Aliassime has now won 16 matches in a row, including defeating Rune in the final of the Swiss Indoors Basel last week.

Rune himself has an impressive indoor hard court record at the back end of this season. He is now 18-3 across his last four events with finals in Sofia and Basel either side of a title in Stockholm, a second of his career.

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