Rising Spanish star Carlos Alcaraz is having his first outing as a seeded player at an ATP event but he insists nothing is different to him. Alcaraz, seeded at No. 7, kicked off his Umag campaign on Tuesday against former top-10 player Lucas Pouille.
Alcaraz, ranked at No. 73 in the world, recovered from a set down to beat Pouille 3-6 6-2 6-2. "I don't feel different being a seed, because I still come to these tournaments with the goal of growing and playing these kinds of matches," Alcaraz said, as quoted on the ATP website.
"In the end, it's the matches that count and give you experience and that you learn from. I come to these tournaments to learn from the really great players."
Alcaraz clinches a comeback win
Alcaraz had the first break point of the match in the third game but Pouille saved it to take a 2-1 lead.
After failing to convert a break point in the third game, Alcaraz dropped his serve in the sixth game as Pouille took a 4-2 lead. Pouille then routinely served out for the opener in the ninth game. After losing the first set, Alcaraz bounced back well at the beginning of the second set as he won the opening two games of the set.
However, his lead was short-lived as Pouille broke back in the third game. Pouille then saved a break point in the fourth game to level the set at two games apiece. After blowing an early second-set lead, Alcaraz regrouped and claimed back-to-back games and won four games in a row to force a decider.
Alcaraz's run continued at the beginning of the third set as the rising Spanish star won the opening five games of the decider. Pouille served out the sixth game of the third set to reduce the deficit to 5-1 and end Alcaraz's nine-game run.
Pouille got one break back in the seventh game but again lost his serve in the eighth game as Alcaraz completed a comeback win.