Carlos Alcaraz makes convincing Roland Garros start

Carlos Alcaraz lost four games against J.J. Wolf in the first round

by Jovica Ilic
Carlos Alcaraz makes convincing Roland Garros start
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World no. 3 and last year's Roland Garros semi-finalist Carlos Alcaraz made a winning start in Paris. Playing his first match since the Madrid Masters, Carlos took down a lucky loser J.J. Wolf 6-1, 6-2, 6-1 in an hour and 51 minutes on Court Philippe-Chatrier, performing well and sailing into the second round.

The Spaniard grabbed 41 points more than the American, outplaying his opponent in the shortest, mid-range and most advanced exchanges. Alcaraz dropped serve two times and controlled everything on the return, taking 62% of the points and seizing nine out of 14 return opportunities.

Carlos came to Paris with concerns over his right hand, which has been bothering him since Monte Carlo.

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There were no signs of issues today, as the young gun tamed his strokes nicely and left a lucky loser far behind.

The rivals finished the duel under a closer roof due to rain. Wof made a reliable start and grabbed a break in the first game of the encounter after a deep return. J.J. failed to cement the break, hitting a loose forehand in game two and allowing Carlos to pull the break back.

The Spaniard produced a fine hold in the third game and made another push on the return at 2-1. The American placed a backhand wide on a break point, getting broken for the second straight time and falling 3-1 behind. Carlos clinched the fifth game after a couple of deuces and painted a backhand down the line winner in the next one, securing a break at 15 and moving 5-1 in front.

Carlos Alcaraz & J.J. Wolf, Roland Garros 2024© Clive Brunskill / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Carlos Alcaraz is 13-0 in the opening rounds at Majors.

The Spaniard served for the opener in game seven and created three set points with a forehand winner at the net.

Alcaraz landed a service winner on the first, wrapping up the first serve 6-1 in 33 minutes. Maintaining his pace, Carlos delivered his fourth straight break at the beginning of the second set before facing issues in the next one.

The Spaniard played against four break points, denying them and landing an ace for a hold and 2-0, rattling off eight games. J.J. ended his downfall with a fine hold in the third game before Carlos responded with a service winner a few minutes later, opening a 3-1 gap.

Alcaraz played well on the return in the fifth game, delivering a break and extending his advantage.

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The Spaniard clinched the sixth game at love, moving 5-1 in front and forcing the American to serve to stay in the set.

Wolf saved a set point, extending the set before Alcaraz closed it on his serve with an ace, moving 6-1, 6-2 in front after an hour and 13 minutes. The organizers closed the roof ahead of the third set, and Carlos earned a break in the first game after J.J.'

s loose forehand. World no. 3 clinched another break at 2-0, moving closer to the finish line. Wolf pulled one break back in the fourth game with a backhand winner at the net. He reduced the deficit before suffering another break a few minutes later, propelling Alcaraz 4-1 ahead. The Spaniard clinched his fourth straight break at 5-1, sealing the deal in style and moving into the second round.

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