TennisSection previews the 2022 US Open as Carlos Alcaraz takes on Jenson Brooksby in the third round on Saturday, September 3rd, 2022.
Carlos Alcaraz will need his game to be firing on all cylinders on Saturday at the US Open. He cannot afford another slow start particularly against a pacesetter like Jenson Brooksby. The American shocked Cincinnati champion Borna Coric, and tearing the pre-tournament projected third-round script into pieces. Will Alcaraz survive?
As one of five players with a realistic shot of clinching the No. 1 ranking, Carlos Alcaraz has gone about his business like a true veteran. He is only 19, but boy can this young Spaniard play tennis. Alcaraz eased past Federico Coria in his second-round match, blasting an astonishing 46 winners to just 25 unforced errors. Not even a third-set blip prevented him from completing the rout as he made it to third round of the US Open for the second straight year.
Jenson Brooksby, for his part, delivered a real statement of intent with his straight sets win over Cincinnati champion BornaCoric. The American had been in dire form at the start of the US Open having lost four of his last five matches. But Brooksbyoutmuscled Coric in most baseline duels, and he was certainly given a helping hand by Coric’s inability to buy a first serve for the entire afternoon. Brooksby saved seven set points in that dramatic second set and there was no route back for the Croatian after that.
Carlos Alcaraz and Jenson Brooksby have not played each other at any level. Saturday’s third-round match at the US Open will be their first official meeting. Brooksby looked very impressive against Coric, getting enough punch in his groundstrokes to outmuscle the Croatian – which is no mean feat particularly with the kind form Coric has been in at the start of the US Open. But Alcaraz is a different ball game and a significant upgrade. The Spaniard will need to avoid a slow start yet again as Brooksby is unlikely to be as profligate as the two players he has faced thus far. Nonetheless, we are siding with the third seed.
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