Rising Spanish star Carlos Alcaraz couldn't hide his happiness after winning his first Grand Slam match at the Australian Open. The 17-year-old Spaniard made it past the Australian Open qualifying, before he handed a straight-set defeat to Dutch Botic Van de Zandschulp 6-1 6-4 6-4 in the first round at Melbourne Park.
Alcaraz now has a great chance to make the third round at the Australian Open as he plays next against Swede Mikael Ymer. "I'm very happy to win today in my first Grand Slam," Alcaraz said. "I tried to enjoy, to play my game.
I think I did it. I enjoyed [the match]. I got the experience. I'm excited to play my second round."
Alcaraz didn't want to panic
Alcaraz got off to a fast start to the match as he took a 4-0 lead, before serving out for the opener in the seventh game.
Alcaraz also started the second set with a break but Van de Zandschulp broke back the Spaniard in the sixth game to level the set at three games apiece. But it didn't take Alcaraz long to claim another break as he broke Van de Zandschulp in the seventh game, before serving out for the second set in the 20th game.
Alcaraz claimed the lone break of the third set in the ninth game and that was the end for Van de Zandschulp. "I played a very good first set. I think he missed a lot of balls. I tried to be focussed all the time," Alcaraz said.
"The second set was very, very tough. He played a really good game in the second set. I tried to be relaxed in the tough moments." Last week, Alcaraz destroyed 2017 Nitto ATP Finals runner-up David Goffin 6-3 6-3 at the Great Ocean Road Open.
"He just killed me, so I would say he's good," Goffin said afterward. "He had nothing to lose. He qualified for his first Grand Slam, he's under 18. He's hitting the ball unbelievable."