The Murcian beat Yasutaka Uchiyama in the first fifth set he played in his career.

Carlos Alcaraz celebrates at Wimbledon.AP

It goes so fast Carlos Alcaraz placeholder image, He goes so fast with Carlos Alcaraz, that sometimes elementary things are forgotten such as that he had never had to face a fifth set. The Murcian tennis player had the experience in the first round of Wimbledon against the Japanese Yasutaka Uchiyama. Four hours and twenty of the game, of which he was victorious thanks to the “mentality” and the “h …”. Yes, that too. 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-2, 3-6 and 6-3 and ticket to the next screen, where a miura awaits. Daniil Medveded, number two in the world.

“I have been very hard-minded,” he highlighted of a triumph in which he had to put his coach’s teachings on paper, Juan Carlos Ferrero placeholder image. “I’m not used to playing five sets. [Ferrero] He has been telling me to tell myself that I am physically fine, that I am fresh, that I am not tired. “And what did he say to him after the game?” That I have thrown a lot of balls on him. Well that too. A victory for premiere in the final frame of Wimbledon and paste another small stretch.

The struggle of the Murcian contrasted with the expeditious victory of Garbie Muguruza, who has walked with a firm step the first week at the All England Club. After conceding a single game in the first round against Ferro, the Caraquea dispatched Lesley Kerkhove, from the previous one, 6-1 and 6-4 in 68 minutes.

Just a blur, a break in the second set, which he solved with authority: four games in a row to get into the third round for the first time since 2017, the year he lifted the title. Her next rival will be the Tunisian Ons Jabeur, how super the Venus Williams by 7-5 and 6-0.

First class also for Paula Badosa, who released their record of victories at Wimbledon in the duel between the Spanish women against Aliona Bolsova (6-2, 5-7, 6-2). For his part Sara Sorribes I beat the croatian Groom (6-3, 3-6, 6-3) in a match that he described as “more difficult than fun.” Surely in line with what he expects in his next duel against Angelique Kerber, champion in 2018 and finalist in 2016.

The good news of a day that left a trail of casualties among the ‘Armada’. Fell Pablo Carreo, Fernando Verdasco, Jaume Munar Y Bernab Zapata, and had to withdraw Pablo Andjar for a rib injury.

Djokovic tunes

If your career wasn’t showing enough, Novak Djokovic confirmed that time does not pass the same for everyone. Three times he had faced Kevin Anderson on Wimbledon and the last two with substance. In the second round of 2015 they left a memorable duel in which the Serbian rallied two sets against to continue on his way to the title; and in the 2018 final, the South African presented all the battle he had left after spending more than six hours in the semifinal against John Isner. This one from 2021 was left without history.

‘Nole’ despach a Anderson for a triple 6-3 in which he had no more scare than a couple of slips on that grass that this year is so treacherous. The two knee operations that the South African has had since the last time have been filing it down. Also 35 years old, of course, but it is that 34 is Djokovic, which in this Wimbledon faces its first assault at 20 crowns of Roger Federer Y Rafa Nadal. Time, which does not happen the same for everyone.


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