Carlos Alcaraz, the world number two tennis player, began his French Open preparations with a convincing win over Nuno Borges at the Barcelona Open on Tuesday. The 19-year-old Spaniard had to withdraw from the Monte Carlo Masters due to hand and back problems.
However, he showed no signs of injury as he swept aside Borges 6-3, 6-1 in just 63 minutes. Alcaraz’s win sets up an all-Spanish last-16 clash with Roberto Bautista Agut, who defeated Bernabe Zapata Miralles 6-2, 6-2.
Alcaraz’s return to form is a welcome sign for Spanish tennis fans, who have high hopes for the young prodigy. Alcaraz’s last appearance was in the semi-finals of the Miami Open, where he lost to Jannik Sinner.
The Spaniard arrived in Miami as the world number one after winning the Indian Wells tournament, but he was displaced by Novak Djokovic after his loss to Sinner. Alcaraz’s performance at the Barcelona Open suggests that he is fully recovered and ready to compete at the highest level.
Alcaraz’s win came on the court named after Rafael Nadal, another player who missed the Monte Carlo Masters due to injury. The absence of Nadal and other top players has opened up the draw at the Barcelona Open, giving younger players like Alcaraz the opportunity to make their mark.
Alcaraz is one of the most promising players on the ATP Tour and is expected to be a major force in the years to come. His success at the Barcelona Open will only enhance his reputation and increase expectations for his future performances.