French Open News: Carlos Alcaraz Survives Match Point Against Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Advances to Round 3 (May 25)
Adam Pretty/Getty. Pictured: Carlos Alcaraz.
The French Open almost had one of the biggest upsets in recent Grand Slam history Wednesday afternoon when Carlos Alcaraz had to save a match point in the fourth set and a break deficit in the fifth set before rallying to take out Albert Ramos-Vinolas.
Alcaraz entered the match as a consensus -3000 market favorite, while Ramos-Vinolas was one of the biggest underdogs on the entire board.
The favored Alcaraz took the first set in quick fashion, winning 6-1 before the veteran Ramos-Vinolas began to gather some footing. Ramos-Vinolas took the second set in a tiebreak before picking up a 7-5 third set victory.
Ramos-Vinolas then overcame a break deficit in the fourth set to ultimately serve for the match, where he earned a match point. He netted a forehand before dropping the game, losing the fourth-set tiebreak and falling in the fifth set.
The break points that Alcaraz converted in the fifth set were truly unbelievable.
— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) May 25, 2022
The 19-year old superstar has been on a tear in 2022, and he came into Roland Garros as one of the favorites to take home the title.
Listed only behind world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, Alcaraz entered the tournament at +200 to win his first Slam title.
If you can believe it, a French Open title in two weeks’ time would only make Alcaraz the ninth-youngest male Slam champion of all time. Michael Chang won the 1989 French Open crown at just 17 years and three months of age.
Martina Hingis is the youngest slam champion of all time, winning the 1997 Australian Open at 16 years and three months old.