ATP Barcelona: Carlos Alcaraz eases past Stefanos Tsitsipas and defends title

Carlos Alcaraz is a two-time Barcelona Open champion

by Jovica Ilic
ATP Barcelona: Carlos Alcaraz eases past Stefanos Tsitsipas and defends title

World no. 2 Carlos Alcaraz claimed his ninth ATP title in front of the home fans in Barcelona. Carlos faced Stefanos Tsitsipas in the title clash and defended the trophy won a year ago following a convincing 6-3, 6-4 triumph in an hour and 18 minutes.

Two top seeds met for the first time in a year, and the young gun secured his fourth victory from as many duels. Alcaraz delivered another fantastic performance to lift his third title of the season and improve his 2023 score to 23-2!

The Spaniard fired 26 winners and seven unforced errors, dominating with his initial shot and dropping ten points in ten service games. Tsitsipas broke once, and he needed more to remain in contention. The Greek struggled on the second serve and got broken three times from six opportunities offered to his rival to lose his third Barcelona Open final!

Carlos kicked off the action with a hold at love in the encounter's first game before playing his only loose service game at 1-1.

Carlos Alcaraz produced another incredible performace and won Barcelona Open.

He netted a backhand on the third break point to fall 2-1 behind.

Tsitsipas lost the advantage after a costly double fault in the fourth game and struggled for the rest of the clash. Alcaraz moved 4-3 up with two fine holds and broke for the second time in the next one after a well-constructed attack.

The young gun served for the set at 5-3 and earned three set points with a powerful serve. Carlos clinched the second with a service winner for 6-3 in 38 minutes and a boost. Both players served well at the start of the second set, and the home favorite landed a service winner to lock the result at 2-2.

Alcaraz placed a drop shot winner in the fifth game for break chances and seized the second following Tsitsipas' loose backhand that sent him 3-2 ahead. Carlos grabbed the sixth game at 15 with an additional injection of pace and moved closer to the finish line.

Stefanos landed a drop shot winner in game seven to remain within one break deficit before Carlos produced an easy hold in the next one to open a 5-3 gap. A two-time finalist served to stay in the match in game nine and held at love and extend his chances.

Alcaraz served for the title defense at 5-4 and moved 30-0 up with a drop shot winner. A teenager fired a forehand down the line winner for three match points and converted the first with a mighty forehand winner that carried him over the top.

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