Carlos Alcaraz, the 20-year-old Spanish tennis player secured the top position as world No.1 player after beating fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas on Saturday in the Italian Open tournament. The match was delayed due to heavy rain, but an in-form Alcaraz comfortably won the match in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1. He is aiming for his third consecutive tournament title and is now the top seed for the upcoming French Open later this month.
Despite the tough weather conditions, Alcaraz remained focused and performed exceptionally well. He was the youngest player to become world No.1 in the history of the sport. Alcaraz has won back-to-back clay court titles in Barcelona and Madrid and is set for a third-round match with either Jiri Reheca or Fabian Marosan. He will be joined by Stefanos Tsitsupas, who is scheduled to play in the third round.
In the women’s tournament, Caroline Garcia, the world No.4 was defeated by Camila Osorio in a match that started two hours late and was interrupted for over an hour at the start of the second set. This was a career-best victory for Osorio, who is ranked world No. 100. The win left her almost in tears, and she expressed her happiness by saying that “she had no words to describe how she feels right now.” World No.6 Andrey Rublev, on the other hand, won his match against Alex Molkan with ease.
The Italian Tennis Federation has announced that matches will resume on Sunday at 11 am local time. Players like Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev will have to wait for the season opener. Despite the rainy conditions, the players have shown exceptional performances, leaving spectators excited about what’s to come in the tennis world.