Carlos Alcaraz looks dominant in 2nd round win at Cinch Championships

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After struggling through his first match at the Cinch Championships, Carlos Alcaraz looked much more in command of his second-round match at the Queen’s Club. As great as Alcaraz has been in his very short career, already being ranked number 1 for a bit, it’s easy to forget he is only 20 years old and hasn’t played a ton of tennis on some surfaces.

After two matches this week, Alcaraz has a tour-level record of just 6-2 on grass. While he has certainly shown he cannot be counted out against anyone at this point, expecting him to move on to Wimbledon after the Cinch Championships and win there as well, especially in a potential matchup with Novak Djokovic, might be asking too much. At least, it would be for mere mortals of which Carlos Alcaraz does not appear to be one.

On Thursday, Carlos Alcaraz defeated Jiri Lehecka 6-2 6-3 in a match as close as the final result implies. Alcaraz only faced three break points and they all came in the same game with Alcaraz up 3-1 in the second set. Alcaraz, though, kept his calm as he usually does and was able to even the game with a well-struck winner before moving on to take the victory. Meanwhile, Alcaraz broke Lehecka three times.

Carlos Alcaraz defeats Jiri Lehecka in the second round of Cinch Championships

Carlos Alcaraz still has some work to do before he should expect to win Wimbledon. His serve was a bit inconsistent against Lehecka as he had three aces but also three double faults. He also won only 64 percent of his first serves. Against better competition, Alcaraz might have had a much tougher time.

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If Alcaraz does go on to win the Cinch Championships, he will move back into the number 1 ranking on Monday and overtake Djokovic again. That could set up the battle for the number 1 ranking at Wimbledon which just gives you another reason to watch.