World no. 1 Carlos Alcaraz is through into the second round at Wimbledon following a 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 victory over Jeremy Chardy in an hour and 53 minutes. The young Spaniard secured his 30th Major victory at 20 and sent the rival into retirement, with Chardy playing his last tournament in a career.
Alcaraz stormed over his rival in the opening two sets, taking them in 53 minutes before falling 4-2 behind in the third. Carlos pulled the break back and delivered a late one at 5-5 that carried him over the top. The Spaniard lost serve once and secured seven breaks to sail into the second round.
Carlos was the only player on the court in the opener, taking 26 out of 34 points and delivering a bagel. Alcaraz dropped two points behind the initial shot and tamed the veteran's serve to make a perfect start and gain a boost.
Chardy saved a break point in the encounter's first game with a forehand volley winner before Alcaraz seized the second after forcing the rival's mistake.
Carlos Alcaraz is off to a winning start at Wimbledon.
The young gun held at love in game two to confirm the advantage and pushed strong on the return in the next one.
Jeremy missed a game point and got broken after a forced error following Carlos' forehand attack. The Spaniard held at 15 in game four with a perfect drop shot winner for 4-0 and broke the Frenchman at love a few minutes later after Chardy's double fault.
Alcaraz served for the opener at 5-0 and landed an ace down the T line to deliver a bagel in 22 minutes. Not slowing down, the Spaniard clinched a break at the start of the second set with a deep return and held at 15 with a service winner to cement the advantage.
Chardy produced a fine hold in the third game to get his name on the scoreboard and reduce the deficit before Alcaraz clinched the next one at love for 3-1. World no. 1 landed a forehand crosscourt return winner in the fifth game for another break and a 4-1 lead.
Carlos moved 5-1 in front with another comfortable hold, and Jeremy extended the set after taking the seventh game. Alcaraz served for it at 5-2 and held at love for a 6-0, 6-2 advantage in 53 minutes! Both players served well at the start of the third set, with Chardy already repeating what he did in the opening two sets.
The veteran saved break points in the fifth game and broke the world's best player in the next one to forge a 4-2 lead. Carlos broke back in game seven and missed a break opportunity two games later to keep the rival in contention.
The Spaniard secured a break in the 11th game and held at love a few minutes later to emerge at the top and make a winning start.
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