Queen’s Club Championships: Carlos Alcaraz Sails Through, Alex de Minaur Shown Exit Door – News18

Spain's Carlos Alcaraz plays Argentina's Francisco Cerundolo during their men's singles match on day four of The Queen's Club tennis tournament, in London, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Zac Goodwin/PA via AP)

Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz plays Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo during their men’s singles match on day four of The Queen’s Club tennis tournament, in London, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Zac Goodwin/PA via AP)

Spaniard Alcaraz started the defence of his title at the prestigious Queen’s Club event with a 6-1, 7-5 triumph over Francisco Cerundolo, while De Minaur was ousted by Italian Lorenzo Musetti, who beat the Aussie 1-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Carlos Alcaraz saved three set points on his way to beating Francisco Cerundolo 6-1, 7-5 as he launched his title defence at Queen’s Club on Tuesday following the exit of second seed Alex de Minaur.

Spain’s Alcaraz, who lifted his third Grand Slam at the French Open earlier this month, was not at his best in his first grass-court match of 2024 but recovered from a mid-match dip to triumph.

The top seed committed just one unforced error in the first set to take a grip on the contest but his level dipped at the start of the second set and he trailed 2-5.

From there he battled back impressively, saving three set points on serve at 4-5 before sealing victory to extend his winning streak on grass to 13 matches.

The world number two, who followed up last year’s victory at Queen’s by winning his first Wimbledon, will next face Stuttgart champion  Jack Draper or Argentine Mariano Navone.

Earlier, Lorenzo Musetti upset Australia’s De Minaur, ranked seventh in the world, 1-6, 6-4, 6-2.

De Minaur, 25, came to the tournament fresh from winning the ‘s-Hertogenbosch grass-court event in the Netherlands at the weekend.

There were also wins for former Wimbledon quarter-finalist Taylor Fritz and fellow Americans Tommy Paul and Sebastian Korda.

Italian Matteo Arnaldi eliminated eighth seed Ugo Humbert.

Britain’s Andy Murray, a five-time champion at Queen’s, is also in action on the second day of the event.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – AFP)