Alcaraz storms past Marozsan to reach Indian Wells quarters

March 13, 2024 12:05 pm

Carlos Alcaraz [Source: Reuters]

Carlos Alcaraz beat Fabian Marozsan 6-3 6-3 to reach the Indian Wells quarter-finals on Tuesday and avenge his loss to the Hungarian at the Italian Open last year.

The Spaniard was in control throughout the match, pounding forehands and never losing his serve as he took another step towards defending his title in the California desert.

A crosscourt forehand on match point sealed the win and second seed Alcaraz, who has said his only goal is to win the tournament again, had only a muted reaction after advancing, nodding to his team and yelling “Vamos”.

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Marozsan was a qualifier when he stunned Alcaraz in straight sets in Rome last May but Alcaraz turned the tables on centre court with a clinical and comprehensive win.

Alcaraz continues to gain momentum at the tournament and since dropping the first set in the first match he played, he has not lost one since. The victory was his 50th match win at a Masters 1000 event.

The two-time Grand Slam champion is on course for a possible collision with Australian Open winner Jannik Sinner in the semi-finals.

Alcaraz will first need to get past either Alexander Zverev or Alex de Minaur, who play later on Tuesday.

Earlier, Jiri Lehecka upset 11th seed Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2 6-4 to reach his first quarter-final at a Masters 1000 event.

The 22-year-old Czech piled up 25 winners against the Greek player and will next face either third-seeded Sinner or big-serving American Ben Shelton in the quarters.