Alcaraz into Miami Open quarters with Sunshine Double still in sight

March 27, 2024 2:34 pm

[Source: Reuters]

Indian Wells champion Carlos Alcaraz kept his hopes for a Sunshine Double alive with a 6-3 6-3 win over Lorenzo Musetti to reach the Miami Open quarter-finals for the third straight year.

The Spaniard needed less than 90 minutes to dispatch the 23rd seed from Italy, pounding forehands and winning 18 of 22 points when he charged to the net.
Alcaraz broke serve to start the match and again to grab the drama-free first set against his overmatched opponent.

Musetti would finally secure his first break of the match to get back on serve trailing 4-3 in the second set when a suddenly error-prone Alcaraz misfired with a backhand.

The momentum would be short-lived, however, with the tournament’s 2022 champion breaking back with ease in the next game and ending the affair when Musetti’s shot landed in the net on match point.

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Musetti’s best moment came in the second set when he hit a front facing tweener lob over Alcaraz’s head and ended the point with a volley to gasps from the fans at Hard Rock Stadium.

“Without a doubt, this is the best I’ve been feeling,” Alcaraz, who had struggled with an ankle injury earlier in the season, said after winning his ninth consecutive match.

“I’m feeling great on the court, I’m moving great with no injuries because I don’t think about the ankle anymore on the court.”

Alcaraz will next face 11th seed Grigor Dimitrov after the Bulgarian’s career renaissance continued with a gritty 3-6 6-3 7-6(3) win over Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz.