US Open: Carlos Alcaraz joins Rafael Nadal into last 32

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US Open: Carlos Alcaraz joins Rafael Nadal into last 32

The last year's US Open quarter-finalist Carlos Alcaraz is safely through into the third round in New York. Carlos took down Federico Coria 6-2, 6-1, 7-5 in two hours and ten minutes to remain on the title course and in the hunt for the ATP throne.

Carlos hit only four aces and did not play at his usual level in his service games. The Spaniard faced 14 break points and defended a brilliant 13 to keep the pressure on the other side. Alcaraz grabbed half of the return points and seized seven out of ten break opportunities to seal the deal in straight sets.

The Spaniard fired 46 winners and 25 unforced errors and stayed calm in the third set's closing stages to emerge at the top and move into the last 32. Carlos saved a break point in the encounter's fourth game with a winner at the net and placed a perfect lob in the next one to grab a break and move 3-2 in front.

Carlos Alcaraz could become world no. 1 after the US Open.

Alcaraz escaped multiple break points in the sixth game to bring it home and open a 4-2 gap. Coria got broken at love in game seven after a loose forehand, and Alcaraz closed the opener with a hold at love in the next one for 6-2.

There were seven break chances in set number two, and Carlos grabbed all those points. The youngster defended four break points and stole the rival's serve three times to make the difference. The Spaniard moved 4-0 in front and fended off break points in game six for 5-1.

Coria netted a backhand in the seventh game to experience the third break and move Alcaraz closer to the finish line after an hour and 15 minutes. A teenager blasted a massive forehand winner at 1-1 in the third set and closed it with a service winner for 2-1.

The Argentine lost serve in the next one after a costly double fault to find himself 3-1 down and further away from a positive result. Carlos landed a behind-the-back backhand volley to secure the fifth game and move two away from the finish line.

Suddenly, Federico grabbed his first break of serve in the seventh game to reduce the deficit and improve his chances. The Spaniard lost his ground a bit in those moments and faced five break points at 4-4. Carlos denied them and sealed the deal with a service winner for 5-4.

Alcaraz fired a forehand down the line winner on the return at 6-5 for a match point. He cracked a powerful backhand to emerge at the top and avoid a tie break.