After winning the US Open, 19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz became the youngest world number one. 1. The Spaniard is yet to find the rhythm after climbing the ATP throne, losing two games out of three and hoping for a better run in Basel.
Carlos played his first ATP tournament as world No. 1. 1 in Astana and suffered a 7-5, 6-3 loss to a lucky loser, David Goffin, in an hour and 46 minutes. In doing so, Carlos became the first player since Lleyton Hewitt at the 2002 Australian Open to lose the first match at the ATP tournaments as world No. 1.
1! Hewitt stayed in the top-10 all year in 2001 and clinched the Masters Cup to ascend the ATP throne, becoming the youngest player in that group before Alcaraz overtook him. Lleyton was the top seed at the 2002 Australian Open and was hoping for a good run in front of the home fans.
Instead, the Australian Alberto Martin lost 6-1, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 in three hours and 33 minutes. Lleyton has been struggling with physical issues in recent weeks and he would not have played the event if it had not been a major.
Carlos Alcaraz lost in R1 in his first ATP tournament as world No. 1.
The Australian got off to a strong start but knew it was going to be a tough day in the office for him. The Spaniard recovered in the second set and took charge in the third to get closer to the finish line. Lleyton was ahead twice with a break in the fourth set before Alberto leveled the score at 4-4.
Hewitt led 3-0 in the tiebreak before losing five of the following six points. The home star sprayed two backhand errors at 4-5 to hit the exit door. Over 20 years later, Alcaraz lost in his first ATP tournament as world No. 1 in the first round.
1. Goffin earned a chance to play in the main draw and grabbed it with both hands. The Belgian prevailed in the first set and sealed the deal in the second, advancing to the second round and delivering the Spaniard’s first straight-set defeat of 2022.
David saved seven out of ten break points and converted half of the return points into five breaks that carried him home. Goffin secured three break points in the first game of the encounter and missed two break points in the second game.
They traded breaks in games three and four before the Belgian fired a smash winner in game six to open a 4-2 gap. Alcaraz broke back on serve in the ninth game to extend the set, holding 5-5 on 15 a few minutes later. Goffin started over and broke Alcaraz in game 12 to win the opener 7-5 in an hour .
David grabbed a break in the second game of the second set and fended off three break points in the next game to make it 3-0. Goffin produced another return leg at 4-1 and served to win in the next. Carlos made a final push and pulled a break back in game seven before holding 3-5 after deuce. David served for the win for a second time in game nine, holding on to 30 to go ahead.