Carlos Alcaraz Reveals Severity of Ankle Sprain

Carlos Alcaraz experienced a massive setback in Rio

by Jovica Ilic
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Carlos Alcaraz Reveals Severity of Ankle Sprain
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World no. 2 Carlos Alcaraz experienced a setback at the ATP 500 event in Rio, injuring his right ankle in the second point of the encounter against Thiago Monteiro! The Spaniard retired after the second game, worrying his fans.

Carlos underwent an MRI and shared the good news. He met his doctor and physiotherapists, who diagnosed a Grade II lateral sprain. Alcaraz will miss only a few days, hoping to return to the practice court at the end of this week and prepare for the Las Vegas showdown against Rafael Nadal and Indian Wells.

Carlos is Novak Djokovic's closest rival, but he has yet to lift a trophy following his second Major crown at Wimbledon last July. Alcaraz stood at the top of the tennis world, but we have yet to see that tennis from him again.

Carlos Alcaraz, Rio 2024© Buda Mendes / Staff - Getty Images Sport

The Spaniard lost an epic Cincinnati final to Djokovic and his US Open title following the semi-final loss to Daniil Medvedev. Carlos ended the season with a semi-final run at the ATP Finals, experiencing a tough defeat to Novak and wrapping up the year as world no.

2. Alcaraz played well in the opening four rounds of this year's Australian Open before falling to Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-3, 6-7, 6-4 in just over three hours. The German made an incredible start, firing from all cylinders and building a 6-1, 6-3, 5-2 advantage in no time!

Alcaraz gave everything to recover and avoid a tough loss, pulling the break back when his rival served for the victory and launching his comeback. The set reached a tie break, and Carlos delivered his A-game to claim it 7-2 and extend the battle.

Carlos Alcaraz experienced a Grade II lateral sprain in Rio.

They traded breaks early in the fourth set before Zverev grabbed another at 4-4. The German served for the win in game ten and held at 30 to send the Spaniard packing.

Carlos took a couple of weeks off and returned in Buenos Aires as the defending champion. World no. 2 reached the semi-final and fell to Nicolas Jarry 7-6, 6-3 in an hour and 55 minutes. The opening set had no break chances, and the Chilean clinched a tie break 7-2 for a boost.

Carlos Alcaraz, Rio 2024© Buda Mendes / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Carlos broke early in the second set but lost the advantage in the next game. Jarry grabbed another break in the eighth game and defended two break points in the next one to celebrate his career-best victory.

Alcaraz wished for a better run in Rio, losing the final a year ago and seeking the title. He met Thiago Monteiro in the first round and twisted his right ankle in the second point of the match! The Spaniard took a medical timeout and continued, securing a break for an early lead.

However, he struggled with his movement, experiencing a break in game two and retiring, sending his rival through. Alcaraz should be fine soon, and his Las Vegas and Indian Wells participations are not in doubt. "I just had an MRI on my ankle after yesterday's injury.

After the meeting with my doctor and physiotherapists, the diagnosis is a Grade II lateral sprain that will keep me out for a few days! See you in Las Vegas and Indian Wells!" Carlos Alcaraz said.

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