The big tournament favourites Matteo Berrettini and Carlos Alcaraz have to wait to play their matches in the Rio de Janeiro ATP 500 event. Their matches were washed out due to heavy rainfall.
Francisco Cerundolo and Roberto Carballes Baena as well as Miomir Kecmanovic and Lorenzo Sonego successfully played their matches in Rio.
Carlos Alcaraz was on the score of 5-4, 30-15 when was finally over in Rio de Janeiro. The staff who were responsible for smooth conduct of matches had waited until shortly before midnight. Hoping for an improvement in the weather without any success.
Carlos Alcaraz Helps Out the Kids in the Court
If the weather holds up Matteo Berrettini – the tournament’s number one seed and Thiago Monteiro will start at 2:30 p.m. local time. After that match, Carlos Alcaraz and Federico Delbonis will resume their match.
Carlos Alcaraz’s first clay-court match of the season also turned out to be an impressive showing, as the Spaniard earned a 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 win over Jaume Munar.
The first set got away from Alcaraz a bit, but it was encouraging for his supporters to see him shake it off and dominate the rest of the way.
Alcaraz, who won his first professional title last year in on clay in Umag and is ranked 29th. His first professional victory in the circuit also came in Rio de Janeiro, two years ago.
Carlos was very happy playing in front of his home crowd. He said,“It felt like home today. It is very hard to have that so far from where I came from.”
This was the first meeting between Alcaraz and Delbonis, and everyone hoped to see the youngster get off to a winning start in their head-to-head series.
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Due to the rainfall that was not the case. The fans will have to wait for several hours to see young Carlos back on court.
A very sweet moment took place between the ball kids and Alcaraz. During the heavy rainfall, Carlos was stood under an umbrella while the ball kids were standing in the rain.
Alcaraz called them to stand under the umbrella. The kids were ecstatic to stand beside the young tennis genius.