Tommy Paul defeated Carlos Alcaraz in the 2022 Canadian Masters in three sets, 6-7(4), 7-6(7), and 6-3 to record the biggest victory of his hardcourt career. The World No. 34 overcame a set and two breaks behind to pull off the tournament’s biggest upset and advance to the third round.
The Spaniard broke Paul twice early in the second set to grab a 4-1 lead after winning a close opening set. The 25-year-old dug deep at that point and began to play some of the finest tennis of his career. He won the second set to force a decider, where he improved to secure a commanding victory.
Tommy Paul causes a sensational upset by beating Carlos Alcaraz in the second round
Tennis hot prospect Carlos Alcaraz faced one of the toughest games of his ATP tour on Wednesday. Unseeded American Tommy Paul spoiled the Canadian’s debut by beating him 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (9/7), and 6-3 at the Montreal Masters. The unseeded American came from a set down to seal the second-round victory in three hours and 20 minutes. However, both produced some incredible exchanges throughout, with Alcaraz giving up after losing a match point.
After winning a tight first set, Alcaraz broke Paul twice early in the second set and had a 4-1 lead. That’s when Paul’s stunning comeback started. “I just felt like I was in his service games,” said Paul. “In the second set I felt like I could break. I didn’t expect to get two breaks back and serve for the set, [but] I felt like I was playing comfortable tennis overall. I stuck to the game plan and played well”.
“The turn of the game occurred at 4–1 or 4–2 in the second set, when my coach told me that I had dropped level. I couldn’t afford to finish the game like that, I was really looking forward to playing against Carlos and I knew how to find the formula. I played the best tennis of my life at times, I put it under pressure constantly.“
Paul then went on to former US Open champion beat Marin Cilic in the Round of 16 in straight sets to book a quarterfinal spot at a Masters tournament for the first time where he’ll face Dan Evans.