Alcaraz play his first round at the 2024 Australian Open

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At the Rolex Paris Masters on Tuesday night, Roman Safiullin stunned Carlos Alcaraz to achieve the biggest victory of his career thus far. In a stunning 6-3, 6-4 triumph, the qualifier overcame an early break to hand Alcaraz his first opening-round loss of 2023. With the win, Safiullin moves up to No. 39 in the…

At the Rolex Paris Masters on Tuesday night, Roman Safiullin stunned Carlos Alcaraz to achieve the biggest victory of his career thus far. In a stunning 6-3, 6-4 triumph, the qualifier overcame an early break to hand Alcaraz his first opening-round loss of 2023.

With the win, Safiullin moves up to No. 39 in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings, positioning himself to make his debut appearance in the Top 40. The 26-year-old’s shocking victory over Alcaraz comes after his previous breakout wins to the Chengdu final and the Wimbledon quarterfinals.

After the game, Safiullin remarked, “Since the qualifiers, I wasn’t playing at this level, but against Carlos and these Top 10, Top 20 guys, you have to lift up the level.” “I was able to carry it out.

“Carlos didn’t provide his finest performance, but I’m still glad I won. It’s difficult to defeat him even if he’s not in the finest of form. Thus, I’m overjoyed to have succeeded.”

Alcaraz, who was forced to withdraw from Basel because of lower back and left foot issues, was participating for the first time since losing to Grigor Dimitrov in the Shanghai last 16 twenty days prior. His hopes of finishing the season atop the Pepperstone ATP Rankings for a second consecutive year were severely damaged by the loss; he is already 500 points behind world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin, with the Serbian player scheduled to begin his Paris campaign on Wednesday.

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Alcaraz made a great start in both sets following a first-round bye in Paris, but Safiullin’s more reliable play kept them back. The Spaniard made 27 unintentional mistakes that helped the qualifier, but he also contributed to Alcaraz’s mistakes by playing excellent corner defense, especially in crucial situations.

Wearing a plain white shirt without any sponsor patches, the unassuming Safiullin defeated one of tennis’ biggest players, Alcaraz, by converting four of the eight break opportunities he faced in the match, two in each set. He also saved two of his four break point opportunities. Safiullin won 10 of 12 points at the net in addition to his strong baseline performance, which was mostly focused on his dominant forehand.

With this win, he raised his record against the Top 10 to 3-6, adding to his Shanghai triumph against Alexander Zverev. Safiullin has now reached the third round in four of the last five ATP Masters 1000s, which were also hosted in Madrid, Rome, and Shanghai.

“Everything [that is] against these guys is significant.” About his triumph over the top players on the ATP Tour, Safiullin stated, “The tactical, physical, and mental aspects are very crucial. “[Remaining focused] is essential from start to finish… The winner will be the one who can last the longest.”

After falling to Tommy Paul in three sets in Montreal last year, Alcaraz has not lost his opening match at a Masters 1000. Before his Tuesday match, the Spaniard had won nine consecutive openers at that esteemed level.

Carlos Alcaraz’s next match at Australian Open 2024? 

At the 2024 Australian Open, 20-year-old Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz is ranked second in the rankings after reigning champion Novak Djokovic. Alcaraz is preparing to challenge for a third grand slam victory.

Carlos Alcaraz's next match at Australian Open 2024?
Carlos Alcaraz’s next match at Australian Open 2024?

Alcaraz is a two-time winner at the US Open and Wimbledon (2022 and 2023), and he has advanced to the French Open semifinals. However, his performance at Melbourne Park pales in comparison, with his best result being in the third round two years ago.

Alcaraz, who was paired against Richard Gasquet in his opening encounter, easily defeated the Frenchman in straight sets and is now focused on getting to and past the third round.

When is Carlos Alcaraz’s next Australian Open 2024 match?

Alcaraz easily defeated seasoned Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the opening round, winning 7-6 6-1 6-2. He then easily won the next two sets to advance to the second round of the draw.

The 20-year-old will play Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego in round two. Sonego defeated British player Dan Evans in an exciting encounter in which Evans won the first set but lost the following three. The scoreline of 4-6 7-6 6-2 7-6 demonstrates how close the match was, and Sonego’s next opponent, Alcaraz, will make things even harder.

The match between Alcaraz and Sonego is set for Thursday, January 18, local time (AEDT).

What time is Carlos Alcaraz vs Lorenzo Sonego? 

On Thursday, January 18, 2024, Alcaraz and Sonego will square off in the second round of the Australian Open. Although the exact start time of the match is unknown, it will not happen until 1:30 pm local time (AEDT), after Danielle Collins’s match against Iga Swiatek, the top-ranked woman in the world, has concluded.

Australia (AEDT)Thursday, January 181:30 p.m.
UK (GMT)Thursday, January 182:30 a.m.
Canada (ET)Wednesday, January 179:30 p.m.
US (ET)Wednesday, January 179:30 p.m.

Carlos Alcaraz vs Lorenzo Sonego TV channel, live stream

It is highly expected that rights holders worldwide will select Alcaraz’s second-round match for live broadcast, even if official lists have not yet been finalized.

The following TV networks and live streams carried his first-round match versus Richard Gasquet in the main territories:

CountryTV channelLive stream
USESPN, Tennis ChannelFuboESPN+
CanadaRDS, TSNTSN Direct
AustraliaChannel NineStan Sport

Carlos Alcaraz’s record at the Australian Open

Alcaraz’s career is still very much in its early phases, but he has already proven himself to be a champion and a genuine contender at three of the four ATP Tour major slams. Despite having only participated in two Australian Open matches, he has yet to succeed there.

The 2020 Australian Open came too soon for the 16-year-old, who made it to the second round of his tournament debut in 2021, as it was his first year on the circuit. He advanced to the third round in 2022, but an injury kept him out of the competition the previous year.

Safiullin stuns Alcaraz at Paris Masters

October 31 (Reuters) – Roman Safiullin of Russia defeated world number two Carlos Alcaraz 6-3, 6-4, in the second round of the Paris Masters on Tuesday.
After retiring from the Swiss Indoors championships last week owing to injury, the Wimbledon champion seemed off the pace as he returned to action. He lost the opening set despite getting an early break.
Early in the second set, the 20-year-old Spaniard took a 3-1 lead after breaking the 45th-ranked Saffiullin’s serve once more, indicating that he appeared to have recovered.

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