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‘Locked in’ Carlos Alcaraz reacts to ousting lucky loser in French Open first round

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World No. 6 Carlos Alcaraz admitted he felt the nerves at the start of his French Open first round match but was glad that he was able to kick off his campaign with a straight-set victory. Sixth-seeded Alcaraz made an easy work of Juan Ignacio Londero on Sunday as he saw off the Argentine 6-4 6-2 6-0.

For the first time in his career, Alcaraz entered a Grand Slam tournament as a top favorite for the title. The pressure and expectation is on Alcaraz to deliver this fortnight but he is ready for the challenge. “It was difficult at the beginning, but it’s always special to play in such a great stadium, a great court.

I’m really happy with the performance in my first match in Philippe Chatrier, and hope to play more matches [on] this court,” Alcaraz said, per the ATP Tour website.

Alcaraz focused on the tournament

Alcaraz is coached by Spanish tennis legend Juan Carlos Ferrero.

Ferrero, a former Grand Slam champion and world No. 1, is all about hard work and discipline. During the French Open, Alcaraz is trying to stay off the social media and completely focus on his campaign at the tournament. “I am trying to be focused just on the tournaments, on the matches, and [not] trying to be a part of the social media and everyone talking about you.

[I] just focus on what I have to improve, what I have to do [in] the matches, what I have to do… every day to be ready in the tournament,” Alcaraz said. Alcaraz has won three clay titles this year and he is hoping to cap off his clay season with a maiden Grand Slam title at the French Open.

In February, Alcaraz made it all the way in Rio de Janeiro. After winning Rio de Janeiro, Alcaraz won Barcelona and Madrid. Alcaraz plays Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the French Open second round. Alcaraz has a 2-0 head-to-head record versus Ramos-Vinolas.

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