2021 in Review: Alexander Zverev eases past Carlos Alcaraz in their first meeting

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2021 in Review: Alexander Zverev eases past Carlos Alcaraz in their first meeting

After an early Rotterdam loss, Alexander Zverev took a week off and returned in Acapulco as the 2nd seed behind Stefanos Tsitsipas. In one of the most anticipated encounters of the first round, Alexander toppled the young Spanish gun Carlos Alcaraz 6-3, 6-1 in an hour and 24 minutes for a winning start.

Carlos received the wild card but could not use it against such a strong opponent, trailing on both serve and return to hit the exit door and propel the top-10 rival into the last 16. Alexander fired 11 aces and saved three out of four break chances to keep the pressure on the other side.

Carlos gave his best to stay in touch with the better-ranked opponent, leading 3-2 before Alexander claimed nine of the last ten games to sail over the finish line. The opening set lasted over 50 minutes, with 15 break chances up for grabs.

Alexander Zverev defeated Carlos Alcaraz in the Acapulco opening round.

Carlos fended off four break points in the encounter's opening game and landed a perfect drop shot winner for a break and a 2-0 lead a few minutes later.

Alexander pulled the break back in the next game and repelled three break opportunities in game four to lock the result at 2-2 after grueling half an hour! Both players served well in games six and seven, and the German fired a forehand winner on his fourth break opportunity in game seven to forge the lead.

Zverev cemented the break with an ace in game eight and grabbed a break at 15 in game nine following Alcaraz's loose backhand to wrap up the opener. The better-ranked player kicked off the second set with a forehand winner, and Carlos clinched the second game with a crafty winner at the net.

Zverev brought the third game home with a beautiful volley winner and forced the rival's mistake to secure a break in the following game and open a 3-1 gap. The German extended the lead with a service winner in game five and delivered another break in the next one that pushed him closer to the finish line.

Serving for the victory, Zverev painted an ace down the T line to wrap up the encounter and beat the promising youngster in their first out of many clashes.