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Improving Alcaraz Races Into Fourth Round, Awaits Sinner

Carlos Alcaraz wasted no time in improving his best Wimbledon run, booking a trip to the fourth round with a 6-3, 6-1, 6-2 victory over Oscar Otte. Playing at SW19 for the second time, the 19-year-old is now the youngest man to reach that stage at The Championships since Bernard Tomic reached the 2011 quarter-finals at the age of 18.

Alcaraz played his cleanest match of the fortnight — and the best grass-court match of his young career — leaving the 32nd-seeded German no chance with powerful and precise hitting throughout the one-hour, 38-minute contest. He finished with 37 winners and just eight unforced errors, winning 88 per cent (35/40) of his first-serve points.

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The Spaniard set the tone on No. 1 Court by winning the first eight points of the match, then won the first five games of set two to power home his advantage and put the match beyond doubt. He improves to 4-1 on the grass, with his only two tour-level events on the surface coming at Wimbledon.

The Spaniard saved the only break point he faced while breaking serve on six of 20 chances in a dominant victory. He has shown great improvement through the rounds this fortnight and has now won eight sets in a row dating back to his opening round victory against Jan-Lennard Struff, in which he escaped a two-sets-to-one deficit.

Getting more and more comfortable on grass and... having fun! ? OCTAVOS EN @Wimbledon! ? VAMOS A POR MÁS! ?❤️??

? Ryan Pierse/Getty Images pic.twitter.com/NLLATNx1y8

— Carlos Alcaraz (@carlosalcaraz) July 1, 2022

After his convincing win in his first ATP Head2Head meeting with Otte, Alcaraz will look to make it 2-0 at tour-level against Jannik Sinner when they meet Sunday in the fourth round. The Italian defeated John Isner 6-4, 7-6(4), 6-3.

Alcaraz won their previous meeting 7-6(1), 7-5 last November at the Rolex Paris Masters. With a victory in their next encounter, he would match his best result at a Grand Slam; the Spaniard reached the quarter-finals at the 2021 US Open and last month at Roland Garros.

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