18-year-old Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz made history at the 2022 Indian Wells Masters as the youngest player to reach the Indian Wells quarter-finals since 17-year-old Michael Chang in 1989.
Against French player, Gael Monfils, in the last 16, Alcaraz performed superbly to record a 7-5, 6-1 straight sets victory in a 1 hour 17 minute fight.
“It means a lot to me,” Alcaraz said of the achievement ATPThursday (17/3).
“It’s really special to be in the quarter-finals of the Masters 1000 tournament. I’m very proud of the level I played at this tournament. I love this tournament and being in the quarter-finals here is a pretty good achievement.”
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This was the ninth consecutive win for Alcaraz since winning the Rio Open trophy at the end of February. He also increased his winning streak over Monfils to 1-0.
Mentioned by Alcaraz, drop shot being his main weapon in this match, he was also happy to be able to display some of his best dorp shots throughout the match.
“Drop shot is the (weapon) I have,” he said of one of his favorite tactics. “It’s good to have it in tough times, in times of tight battle, to use it. It helps,” said Alcaraz.
In the quarter-finals, Alcaraz will next face British tennis player Cameron Norrie, who defeated Jenson Brooksby in straight sets 6-2 and 6-4.
Against Norrie who is seeded 12th in this tournament, Alcaraz looks not worried he is even confident that he will put up a strong fight in the match.
“I will be happy if I can maintain the level that I displayed in this match (16th),” said Alcaraz after his scintillating display.
“But I’ve always said that you can improve every day, you can do better every day.” (Rif/ATP/OL-09)