Former world No. 1 Andy Roddick underlined Carlos Alcaraz is "no joke" when reflecting on the Spaniard's win over Stefanos Tsitsipas in Miami. On Tuesday, Alcaraz continued his brilliant start to 2022 as he saw off world no.
5 Tsitsipas 7-5 6-3. Even though Alcaraz is just 18, he is already one of the most physically dominant players on the ATP Tour and his forehand is absolutely huge. Roddick said Alcaraz's forehand reminds him of the one tennis legend Andre Agassi had.
"This guy moves like, it's unbelievable. People normally have to grow into their movement and he doesn't need much time to fire the forehand. Most of the guys with huge forehands need two feet under them to give them around.
This guy can turn on real quick, almost like Andre Agassi used to drive," said Roddick. "You hit a big ball to him, it will come just as fast. This guy is no joke. He's the real deal and I don't know if this is an upset.
I don't know if we've seen someone this young, who you kind of expect to win matches like this, kind of often. This guy is an animal."
Alcaraz through to the Miami quarterfinal
Alcaraz found himself in an uncomfortable spot early on but managed to solve it as he saved three break points in the second game to avoid going down by an early break.
However, Tsitsipas kept putting pressure on Alcaraz's serve as he broke the Spaniard in the sixth game and served out the following game to open a 5-2 lead. After founding himself on the verge of losing the first set, Alcaraz suddenly started playing much better as he claimed back-to-back breaks to overturn the deficit and steal the opener.
Alcaraz took advantage of Tsitsipas being in shock from losing the first set as he started the second set with a 2-0 lead. Alcaraz claimed his fourth break of the match in the ninth game to seal a straight-set win. Alcaraz plays next Miomir Kecmanovic.