French Open: Carlos Alcaraz wins 4 1/2-hour marathon

During the men's singles match on the fourth day of the Roland-Garros Open tennis tournament at the Simone-Mathieu court in Paris on May 25, 2022, Carlos Alcaraz of Spain extended the ball to Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain.  (Photo by Christophe Archambel / AFP)

During the men’s singles match on the fourth day of the Roland-Garros Open tennis tournament at the Simone-Mathieu court in Paris on May 25, 2022, Carlos Alcaraz of Spain extended the ball to Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain. (Photo by Christophe Archambel / AFP)

Spanish teen sensation Carlos Alcaraz defeated compatriot Albert Ramos-Vinolas in a four-and-a-half-hour match at the French Open in Paris on Wednesday.

Sixth seed Alcaraz won the match 6-1, 6-6 (6), 5-6, 6-7 (2), 6-4 in four hours and 34 minutes at Roland Garros. Alcaraz finished with 74 wins and 74 unforced errors. Alcaraz converted just eight of 31 break-point chances.

“I feel tired but it’s been a great fight against Albert,” Alcaraz said. “I knew it was going to be a great match, a tough match. We both fought to the end. I am very happy with today’s performance.

“I think I’m at home. সমর্থ The support from start to finish was incredible. It would not have been possible to win the match without the support of the people. “

Alcaraz quickly defeated German Alexander Zaverev in three hours, 36 minutes.

Third seed Zverev won his match 2-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 7-5, saving match points in the final set against 21-year-old Sebastian Bez of Argentina.

“He (the boys) will probably feel the worst on the tennis court right now,” Zaverev said. “It was an incredible match, and I know it very well because I lost two sets of love in the final of the US Open. You are always better than this and I wish him nothing but the best. He’s an incredibly great kid, and he’s going to do a lot of great things in this game, I think. “

Xavier finished with 12 aces.

No. 15 pick Diego Schwartzman of Argentina was also in the marathon, having to rally from two sets to beat Spain’s Jaume Munar 2-6, 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-2, 6-2. Four hours.

Top seed Novak Djokovic and No. 5 Rafael Nadal also won straight sets.

Djokovic defeated Slovak Alex Molkan 6-2, 6-3, 6-6 (4). Nadal lost to Frenchman Corinthian Moutet 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 to win his 300th career Grand Slam match. Nadal reached the milestone as the only man with Roger Federer and Djokovic.

Ninth-seeded Canadian Felix Agar-Aliasime won the straight set, as did No. 10 Cameron Norie of Great Britain.

No. 13 Taylor Fritz lost 6-3, 2-6, 2-6, 3-6 to Japata Mirales in Bernabe, Spain.

Other players selected to win and advance on Wednesday include American Sebastian Corda, 27, and John Isner, 23, Gregor Dimitrov, Bulgaria, 18, and Botic van de Jundschalp, 26, from the Netherlands.

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