Carlos Alcaraz adds and continues in his bid to defend the Miami Open crown and ATP scepter. The Murcian, who has eight wins on American soil this season (counting the US Open, there are 15), got rid of Dusan Lajovic this Sunday by 6 to 0 and 7 to 6 (5), in 1 hour and 31 minutes.

It is the number one’s fourth victory over the same rival in the four duels between the two, three of them in this course. Lajovic, coached by Catalan José Perlashe knows perfectly all of Carlitos’ virtues and tries to discover the defects that do not come to light.

On a very fast surfaceespecially if we take into account that Juan Carlos Ferrero’s pupil has just won the crown on slow cement like the one in the Tennis Garden, Alcaraz adapted in record time because it is a habitat it loves.

Whenever he wins a tie, he opts to subtract because there’s no better feeling than starting games with a break. It happened with Facundo Bagnis and it happened again today against Lajovic.

The Serb is a desperate player whenever he glimpses the shadow of his eternal executioner on the other side of the net. In two games, the winner earned points on every possible account: forehand, backhand, serve and drop. He later added a balloon to the repertoire..

Dusan played the best he could and knew, but that only gave him a ball ‘break’ in the second game with no luck. In 15 minutes, the score was 3 to 0. And in the 21st minute, 4 to 0. And in the 24th minute, 5 to 0. The eighth donut of his brilliantly short career fell in the 32nd minute., the second in this edition of the Florida contest. Bagnis had already received it.

Alcaraz’s eight donuts on the ATP circuit

Madrid 2021 first round Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 6-0

US Open 2021 Rounds of 16 Peter Gojowczyk 5-7, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2, 6-0

Indian Wells 2022 third round Roberto Bautista 6-2, 6-0

Roland Garros 2022 first round Juan Ignacio Londero 6-4, 6-2, 6-0

Umag 2022 Quarter Finals Facundo Bagnis 6-0, 6-4

Rio Open 2023 semifinals Nicolás Jarry 6-7(2), 7-5, 6-0

Miami Open 2023 Second Round Facundo Bagnis 6-2, 6-0

Miami Open 2023 third round Dusan Lajovic 6-0, 7-6

The Spaniards’ victims go to a tennis execution that is irremediable given Alcaraz’s limitless arsenal of blows.

Lajovic was coming off the elimination of Andy Murray and Maxime Cressy and looked like a ‘square’. The murmur in the stands denoted doubts about knowing when the marker would be released.

It was in the seventh game, which was the first of the second set. The fans applauded the Balkans because they wanted a little more emotion in the game.

The Serb saw his serve broken for the fourth time and He was so desperate that he sent the ball out of the stadium with the corresponding warning..

Alcaraz only had doubts when closing the victory by 5-4. Your opponent took advantage of them to flip the script and force sudden death.. The first favorite did not hesitate to put a crossed reverse over the white line and close the pass for the fourth round.

“When I went out to win I was nervous. It was difficult to deal with the situation. Overall, I’m happy with the way I’m playing”, he acknowledged in conclusion.

The fantastic start to the 2023 campaign of the tennis player from El Palmar made us forget his absence from the Australian Open, the first of four ‘Grand Slams’ and which ended in the hands of Novak Djokovic.

Yeah, Carlitos already has more games won (16) than the Serbian (15). Only four players are ahead of him in that stat: Daniil Medvedev (25), Cameron Norrie (21), Taylor Fritz (19) and Jannik Sinner (17). Norrie will not be able to continue adding in Miami because he was eliminated in the debut with the Frenchman Gregoire Barrere.

Most games won this season

Daniel Medvedev 25

Cameron Norrie 21

Taylor Fritz 19

Jannik Sinner 17

Carlos Alcaraz 16

Novak Djokovic 15

Holger Rune 14

Hubert Hurkacz 14

Paul expects Tuesday in the Round of 16

Tommy Paul, Alejandro Davidovich’s executioner, avoided a fratricidal duel in the fourth round that would have guaranteed the presence of a Spaniard in the quarterfinals.

the american can be proud of having won face to face with the best tennis player on the planet. They have met only once, in the second round of the Montreal Masters 1000 in 2022. Paul tipped the scales in his favor in three tight sets, 6-7(4), 7-6(7) and 6-3.

The ‘top 10’ advance in the same quadrant, Holger Rune (8) and Taylor Fritz (10)which could be measured with Alcaraz in some hypothetical rooms.

As soon as the game was over, the Spaniard approached the front row of the stands where Jimmy Butler, the Miami Heat star who returned his friend’s visit, was. Butler was already present in the final of the Argentine Open, taking advantage of the NBA break for the All Star, and they even challenged each other for a basket.