Sixth seed Carlos Alcaraz, who has had a tremendous season so far, entered the French Open as a strong contender. He carried all of the fans’ expectations smoothly and scored his first-round win in the red dirt of Roland-Garros. He defeated Argentina’s Juan Londero in straight sets to start his Roland-Garros campaign on a perfect note.
In what was his first-ever encounter on Court Philippe Chatrier, the Murrican was pushed hard in the early stages by world No 141 Londero, but drew away in the second and third sets to run out a clear triumph. The 19-year-old, who has has won in Miami and Madrid this year, will face Albert Ramos Vinolas, who defeated Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis in four sets.
“I had to get used to the court at the beginning of the match”- Carlos Alcaraz
Alcaraz began the tournament with a straight-set victory over Londero and is widely regarded as one of the favourites to win it. Alcaraz is aiming for his first Grand Slam singles championship after winning the Madrid Open earlier this month, defeating both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic en route to the final.
The 19-year-old laid down a marker against Londero, who fought hard early on before succumbing to a dominant Alcaraz. The Spaniard needed 40 minutes to win the opening set against Londero, but his quality showed as the match progressed, with Alcaraz winning the second and third sets 6-2 and 6-0.
The victory has set up a second-round matchup with Albert Ramos Violas, with Carlos Alcaraz claiming before the event that being one of the favourites provides him with added “motivation.” “Juan Ignacio is a good player on clay and it was difficult first-round game after a week without playing any matches,” Alcaraz, who opted to skip the Italian Open, said. “I had to get used to the court at the beginning of the match but I finally found my rhythm.”