The Spanish Carlos Alcarazwho regained his status as number one in the world for the simple fact of having played -and won- in his presentation at the Foro Italico, will face the Hungarian on Monday Fabiano Marozsan, for the third round of the Rome Tennis Masters 1000.
And the number 135 in the ATP ranking, who arrived in the main draw from the qualifiers, has scored for now: he scored an early serve break and won the first set with a clear 6-3 after just over half an hour of play against an opponent who started off very unevenly, far from his best version.
Already in the second set the Murciana came out determined to straighten the day. However, the Hungarian, far from shrinking, gave him battle. He had three break points with the score tied in two games apiece, but Charly patiently picked them up and won the game.
Marozsan immediately held his serve and once again had the chance to break through at 3-3. An ace saves Alcaraz. The fifth was the charm for the Magyar, who displaced his rival and forced him to break into the net for 4-3.
The possibility of saving himself on the draw weighed on Marozsan. He started 0-30, but a drop and a great first serve saved him. However, the Spaniard was able to build an opportunity to balance the set and didn’t let it pass.
And, with a little work, Charly tidied things up and went to the top with a good serve to go 4-5. However, resilient, Marozsan played up his service game and returned to balance the pot to once again throw responsibility on his game-winning rival.
The Hungarian tried to put pressure on Alcaraz. An ace and two good first serves served as a lifeline for those who will return to the top starting Monday. However, Marozsan saw the light with an impressive backhand down the line and once again had the chance to break through. The Spaniard came out of embarrassment again with his serve.
And, you know, champions shouldn’t be given second chances. Alcaraz starts well, who takes courage and celebrates big in the first point of the game. But Marozsan didn’t let himself be intimidated and with the patience of an ant he brought the definition of the second set to the tiebreak.
The winner of this duel will see them in the next round with the Croatian resistant Born Coricwho in the first round of the day in the Italian capital got rid of the Spaniard Robert Carballés Baena 7-6 (3) and 6-1.
Other favorites for the title are also on the field, such as the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas and the Russian Daniil Medvedev.
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