Carlos Alcaraz moves into US Open third round as defending champion notches straight-sets win over South African Lloyd Harris in New York
- Carlos Alcaraz reached the US Open third round with a 6-3 6-1 7-6 (4) victory
- Lloyd Harris used to train with Alcaraz when the world No 1 was just 15 years old
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Defending champion Carlos Alcaraz breezed into the third round at the US Open with another straight-sets win.
This time the victim was Lloyd Harris, who used to train with Alcaraz when the world No 1 was 15 at the Juan Carlos Ferrero Academy.
The South African gave Alcaraz a test in the third set but the seemingly unstoppable force still registered a 6-3 6-1 7-6 (4) win.
‘I think I played a great match from the beginning until the last ball, but if I have to take something from the match I want to keep the level of the second set,’ said Alcaraz, 20.
‘I had to stay focused, stay strong mentally. It was pretty good for me and to win in straight sets is really important in the first rounds.’
Carlos Alcaraz reached the US Open third round with a straight sets victory over Lloyd Harris
The South African Harris gave Alcaraz a test in the third set but he still won 6-3 6-1 7-6 (4)
‘I think I played a great match from the beginning until the last ball,’ Alcaraz said afterwards
Dan Evans put himself on a collision course with Alcaraz after becoming the fourth British player to make the third round of the US Open.
The 33 year-old rounded off another strong day for the GB contingent by joining Jack Draper, Cam Norrie and Katie Boulter in the last 32 of the singles at Flushing Meadows.
He will now face Alcaraz, with the winner of that scheduled to meet Norrie in the fourth round. Evans has played the world No 1 twice, losing both times. They last met at this year’s Barcelona Open on clay, where the Spaniard won 6-2 6-2.
Evans earned his likely shot courtesy of a lobsided 1-6 6-1 6-3 6-3 victory over Holland’s Botic Van de Zandschulp, whose level subsided against a determined opponent who has established a very decent record in New York.
Harris was unable to live with Alcaraz during their second-round clash on Thursday evening
The defending champion stretches to reach a forehand on Arthur Ashe Stadium
Harris once trained with Alcaraz when the Spaniard was 15 at the Juan Carlos Ferrero Academy
There was also routine win for sixth seed Jannik Sinner, who beat fellow Italian Lorenzo Sonego 6-4 6-2 6-4.
American ninth seed Taylor Fritz also won in straight sets, coasting past Juan Pablo Varillas of Peru 6-1 6-2 6-2.
Alexander Zverev, seeded 12, won the all-German clash against Daniel Altmaier in four sets and will meet Grigor Dimitrov, the 19th seed who knocked out former champion Andy Murray.
Big-serving American John Isner called time on his career, fittingly enough, in a fifth-set tie-break as he lost his final match to compatriot Michael Mmoh.