In a stunning performance, Carlos Alcaraz, the top-ranked player, emerged victorious in his first match since winning Wimbledon. Displaying his exceptional skills, Alcaraz defeated Ben Shelton with a score of 6-3, 7-6 (3) at the National Bank Open. Alcaraz has been on an exceptional winning streak, which now extends to 13 matches, dating back to his remarkable title run at Queen’s earlier this year. With six titles under his belt in 2021, Alcaraz is undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with.
A Tough Battle for Alcaraz
Reflecting on the match, Alcaraz acknowledged the challenge presented by Shelton. The Spanish star expressed how his opponent outmatched him in terms of aggression throughout the match. However, Alcaraz managed to stay focused, aiming to maintain his solid gameplay and regain his rhythm. He expressed his happiness of advancing to the next round and believed that this match would enhance his focus and allow him to put his game first in future matches.
Medvedev’s Strong Return
Daniil Medvedev, the second seed at the National Bank Open, made a triumphant return to the court with a commanding victory over Matteo Arnaldi. Medvedev, the reigning champion in Toronto, played his first match since his loss in the Wimbledon semifinals. He expressed his satisfaction with the match, mentioning that although he could have performed better in the second set, he was able to save break points in critical moments.
Upsets in the Tournament
The National Bank Open witnessed several upsets, as three top-five seeds faced unexpected defeats. Gael Monfils proved victorious against fourth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas, stunningly defeating him with a score of 6-4, 6-3. Marcos Giron also caused an upset by eliminating Holger Rune in a hard-fought match that lasted three sets. Additionally, Mackenzie McDonald ousted the sixth-seeded Andrey Rublev with a score of 6-4, 6-3.
Murray and Sinner Triumph
The tournament also showcased some remarkable performances from well-known players. Andy Murray, a three-time champion at the National Bank Open, advanced to the next round with a hard-fought victory against Max Purcell. In an all-Italian match, Jannik Sinner, the seventh seed, emerged victorious against Matteo Berrettini with scores of 6-4, 6-3. Sinner’s next challenge will be against Andy Murray in the third round.
Fritz and Raonic Secure Wins
Eighth-seeded Taylor Fritz demonstrated his resilience and determination in a closely contested match against Ugo Humbert. Fritz ultimately emerged victorious with a score of 7-6 (7), 3-6, 6-3. Canadian player Milos Raonic also secured a win, defeating Taro Daniel with scores of 6-4, 6-3.
The National Bank Open has been a rollercoaster ride, with top seeds experiencing early exits and unexpected victories from underdogs. Carlos Alcaraz and Daniil Medvedev showcased their brilliance, while Gael Monfils and Marcos Giron surprised the crowd with their impressive wins. As the tournament progresses, tennis enthusiasts eagerly await more thrilling matches and anticipate new stars to emerge.