Carlos Alcaraz is still learning how to be on grass courts. But the ATP number 1 player appears to be learning very quickly at Wimbledon. Alcaraz defeated Alexandre Muller of France 6-4 6-6 (2) 6-3 on Friday.
Carlos Alcaraz is becoming more like Novak Djokovic in many ways. But in one specific way, Alcaraz is now at an almost Djokovic-like level when it comes to winning tie-breaks. Both Alcaraz and Djokovic don’t just win tie-breaks, they destroy their opponent. Then the following set is even easier for them.
Alcaraz beat Muller 7-2 in the second set tie-break but it was 5-love at one point. The only reason Muller even got two points was because Alcaraz beat himself on one point, but this was also a theme through the first two sets.
Carlos Alcaraz defeats Alexandre Muller in the second round at Wimbledon
While Muller was no match for Alcaraz, Alcaraz was defeating himself at times. He had over 20 unforced errors through the first two sets, and that could enough to get him beat against a better opponent. Or not. Because Carlos Alcaraz does things that not even Djokovic can do.
All of the best players ever, and that is what Carlos Alcaraz is becoming even though he is only 20 years old, can make shots most mortals could never do, and make them fairly regularly. Alcaraz seems to take slices and backhands and drop volleys and turn them into works of art. In fact, Alcaraz himself may not yet know how great he is.
Besides the unforced errors, Alcaraz dominated Muller. Alcaraz won 54 of his 72 first serves and was never broken, saving 6 break points. Meanwhile, Alcaraz broke Muller three times. Muller was only able to win 18 of Alcaraz’s 72 first serves.
Alcaraz will play again on Saturday and play the winner of the Jason Kubler versus Nicolas Jarry match. Neither player is likely to give Alcaraz any issues.