ATP Basel: Carlos Alcaraz sails into quarter-final



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ATP Basel: Carlos Alcaraz sails into quarter-final

World no. 1 Carlos Alcaraz is through to the quarter-final on his debut on Basel. Carlos played his best post-US Open match in the second round and toppled Botic van de Zandschulp 6-4, 6-2 in an hour and 26 minutes for a place in the last eight.

The Spaniard served at 75% and faced two break points. Van de Zandschulp grabbed one break and lost serve four times to propel a teenager through. Alcaraz fired 19 winners and seven unforced errors and built the advantage in the shortest and more advanced rallies to seal the deal in under an hour and a half.

Botic held at love in the encounter's first game, and Carlos repeated that in game two for 1-1. Van de Zandschulp saved a break point in game three, and Alcaraz held at love in the next one for 2-2.

Carlos Alcaraz beat Botic van de Zandschulp for the second time in as many matches.

Botic created a break chance in game six with a smash winner, and Carlos saved it with a volley winner to remain on the positive side.

Alcaraz broke at 15 in game seven after forcing the rival's backhand error to build the advantage. The Spaniard held after deuce in game eight with a volley winner and served for the set at 5-4. Carlos fired two service winners at 30-30 to seal the deal in 40 minutes and gain a boost.

Alcaraz wasted game points in the second set's second game and got broken after a forced error to fall 2-0 behind. World no. 1 pulled the break back in game three and held in the next one with a service winner for 2-2. Van de Zandschulp hit a double fault in game five and faced two break points.

He netted a forehand on the first to fall 3-2 behind and push the youngster closer to the finish line. Carlos confirmed the advantage with a service winner after deuce in game six and pushed hard on the return in the next one.

Botic hit a double fault to lose serve for the third straight time and fall 5-2 behind. Alcaraz served for the victory in game eight and earned three match points with a drop shot winner. Carlos blasted an ace down the T line to seal the deal and move into the quarter-final.