PARIS: Spanish teen sensation Carlos Alcaraz has become the youngest person to advance to the fourth round of the French Open on Friday after Novak Djokovic in 2006.
Alcaraz, 19, lost to Sebastian Corda 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 as he avenged the loss to the Americans in Monte Carlo last month – his only defeat on the ground in 21 games this year.
His comfortable win was the opposite of his troubles in the third round when he had to save a match point and go five sets to beat compatriot Albert Ramos-Vinolas.
Playing in the hard half of the draw, Alcaraz could face third-seeded Alexander Zaverev in the quarter-finals.
Defending champion and world number one Djokovic and 13-time winner Rafael Nadal are potential opponents of the semifinals.
However, the teenager lost all three on his way to the Madrid Masters title earlier this month.
“I think I’m ready,” he said. “If I can win this tournament I would say this is my gold ticket.”
Sixth seed Karen Khachanov will face 21st seed for a place in the quarterfinals.
Khachanov, who reached the last 16 by knocking out British 10th seed Cameron Nori 6-2, 7-5, 5-7, 6-4, advanced to the quarterfinals in 2019.
“I only practice with him once, but I watch other matches from him, so I know it’s going to be a tough match,” Alcarez said.
“But at the same time he’s a tough opponent and I like those matches.”


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