Carlos Alcaraz wins Italian Open debut to regain No. 1 and safe Roland Garros prime seed

Carlos Alcaraz will reclaim the No. 1 rating after beating Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-4, 6-1 in his Italian Open debut on Saturday.

Carlos Alcaraz of Spain waves after profitable his match in opposition to Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain on the Italian Open (AP)

Alcaraz will move Novak Djokovic for the highest spot when the rankings are subsequent printed on Could 22 — guaranteeing he’ll get the No. 1 seeding on the French Open, which begins on Could 28.

Alcaraz double-faulted at hand Ramos-Vinolas a break of his serve within the opening recreation of the match however shortly recovered and used his well-disguised drop shot to arrange the important thing break on the finish of the primary set.

Alcaraz produced practically 3 times as many winners as Ramos-Vinolas, 28-11, regardless of gradual circumstances on a wet day on the Foro Italico.

Coming off titles in Barcelona and Madrid, Alcaraz prolonged his profitable streak to 12 matches and improved to 20-1 on clay this 12 months.

In different second-round matches, sixth-seeded Andrey Rublev beat Alex Molcan 6-3, 6-4; J.J. Wolf eradicated 14th-seeded Hubert Hurkacz 6-3, 6-4; and Borna Coric rallied previous Thiago Monteiro 4-6, 7-6 (8), 7-6 (5).

Alcaraz will subsequent face Jiri Lehecka or Hungarian qualifier Fabian Marozsan.

Djokovic, who’s within the different half of the draw, received his opening match on Friday.

Within the ladies’s third spherical, Colombian qualifier Camila Osorio upset fifth-seeded Caroline Garcia 6-4, 6-4; Anhelina Kalinina beat Sofia Kenin 6-4, 6-2; and Wang Xiyu defeated Taylor Townsend 6-2, 0-6, 7-5.

The beginning of play was delayed for practically two hours resulting from rain and there was additionally a quick interruption through the first set of the Rublev-Molcan match. Then there was a downpour through the ultimate factors, as Rublev hurried to shut it out.

“I can rest now and I can rest tomorrow. I don’t need to stress waiting,” stated Rublev, who received the Monte Carlo Masters final month. “It’s very lucky when you are able to finish just before the rain and you know that most of the players still didn’t play.”

This story has been printed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content.

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