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Miami Masters: Brilliant Alcaraz defeats Paul to advance to quarter-finals

Carlos Alcaraz defeated Tommy Paul in straight sets on Tuesday evening and will face American Taylor Fritz in the Miami Masters 1000 quarter-finals.

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He is strong, maybe more than ever. Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, the top seed, moved into the quarter-finals of the Miami Masters by defeating American Tommy Paul, the No 16 seed, 6-4, 6-4 at the Hard Rock Stadium on Tuesday.

Alcaraz, trophy holder and ranked No 1, will face American Taylor Fritz, the No 9 seed, next. Fritz defeated Holger Rune (N.7) earlier this Tuesday.

It was Alcaraz’ first win against Paul. The American held a 1-0 record head-to-head against Carlos Alcaraz, with Paul winning their only matchup in Montreal last year.

The Sunshine Double without losing a set ?

Alcaraz still hasn’t lost a set in Florida. Ahead of his victory, the 19-year-old Spaniard defeated Argentine Facundo Bagnis (6-0, 6-2) and Serb Dusan Lajovic (6-0, 7-6 (5)).

After not dropping a set in Indian Wells and winning his two opening games at Miami in straight sets,
Alcaraz can become the male first player to win the Sunshine Double without dropping a set.

Paul, ranked No 19, edged out Swiss Marc-Andrea Huesler (5-7, 6-3, 6-4) and beat Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, the No 20 seed (6-3, 7-5) earlier in the tournament.

Miami Masters, other last 16 results (Hard Rock Stadium, hard, USD 8.800.000, most recent results first):

  • Quentin Halys vs. Daniil Medvedev : Tuesday in Miami
  • Francisco Cerundolo vs. Lorenzo Sonego : Tuesday in Miami
  • Adrian Mannarino vs. Christopher Eubanks : Tuesday in Miami
  • Karen Khachanov vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas: tuesday : Tuesday in Miami
  • Emil Ruusuvuori beat Botic van de Zandschulp (26): 4-6, 6-4, 7-5
  • Taylor Fritz beat Holger Rune (7): 6-3, 6-4
  • Jannik Sinner (10) beat Andrey Rublev (6): 6-2, 6-4

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