At Wimbledon on Tuesday, top-seeded Carlos Alcaraz wasted little time as he leapfrogged Jeremy Chardi in his final singles match to reach the second round.
Under the roof of Court 1, the Spaniard overwhelmed the 36-year-old Frenchman with a devastating groundstroke to clinch a 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 victory in 1 hour and 53 minutes.
The 2022 U.S. Open champion Alcaraz, who is targeting his second major title in the past two weeks, has gotten off to the best possible start to the Wimbledon title. My biggest fear was skating on a slippery court at the start of the first set.
Alcaraz quickly got back on his feet after shaking off, but from there it was a one-way street, with Chardy unable to cope with the Spaniard’s pace from the ground. The Frenchman showed signs of nervousness in the first set, committing seven double faults, but played more freely as the match progressed, breaking Alcaraz in the third to make it 4-2. and led.
But the 36-year-old couldn’t handle the serious pressure against Alcaraz in the first meeting of the Lexus ATP Head 2, and the No. 1 seed missed out on advancing in five of their next six games.
Alcaraz, who has a 41-4 record this season, will next face either Artur Rinderknek or Alexandre Muller. The 20-year-old arrived at SW19 in good shape after winning his first tour-level grass court title at Queen’s Club last month. It will be his third appearance at Wimbledon, where he reached the fourth round last year.
If Alcaraz wins his sixth tour-level title of the season in the championship, he will remain No. 1 in the Pepperstone ATP rankings.
Chardy’s 18-year touring singles career ended with his loss. The Frenchman lifted his only tour-level trophy in 2009 in Stuttgart, reaching his career-high finish of 25th.
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Despite blow after blow against Alcaraz on Court 1, the Frenchman won the first game of the match 0-6, 1-2 and received a standing ovation from a packed house. Enjoyed it. Chardi was also supported by his wife Susan and his son Stone.