ATP Astana: Carlos Alcaraz suffers early loss and ends notable streak



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ATP Astana: Carlos Alcaraz suffers early loss and ends notable streak

World no. 1 Carlos Alcaraz made an early exit at the ATP 500 event in Astana. The Spaniard fell to a lucky loser David Goffin 7-5, 6-3 in an hour and 46 minutes, experiencing his second defeat since becoming world no. 1. Carlos bounced back in the opening set before losing serve in the closing stages.

He lost ground in set number two and failed to win a set for the first time in 2022, ending his streak of 67 encounters without a straight-sets loss! David won 17 points more than Carlos and had the upper hand despite serving at 53%.

The Belgian defended seven out of ten break chances and turned over half of the return points into five breaks from 11 opportunities. The youngster made a solid start and created three break chances in the first game.

Carlos Alcaraz fell to David Goffin in Astana R1.

Goffin denied them and held after Alcaraz's forehand error to bring the game home and avoid an early setback.

Carlos fended off two break points in game two and held for 1-1. The Spaniard grabbed a break in the third game with a volley winner and missed his opportunities on serve in the next one. Goffin broke back with a running forehand down the line winner to level the score at 2-2 and gain a boost.

The Belgian controlled the pace and landed a smash winner in game six to deliver his second consecutive break of serve and move 4-2 ahead. David landed a service winner in game seven, and Carlos held after deuce at 2-5 to prolong the battle.

Alcaraz broke back at love in game nine to extend the set and held at 15 for 5-5. Goffin started all over and produced a hold at love in game 11 before breaking Alcaraz a few minutes later to claim the opener 7-5 in an hour.

David clinched the second set's opening game with a volley winner and forced Carlos' mistake in the next one to grab a break and move 2-0 in front. The Spaniard squandered three break points in game three, and the Belgian raced into a 3-0 advantage with a service winner.

The youngster saved break points in game four to avoid an even more significant deficit before his rival held at love for 4-1. Goffin broke at love in game six after Alcaraz's poor drop shot and served for the victory at 5-1.

Carlos made one last push and pulled one break back in game seven before holding after deuce for 3-5. David served for the victory for the second time in game nine and held at 30 to emerge at the top and score a notable triumph.