Alcaraz, 17, qualifies for Australian Open


Carlos Alcaraz will take his place in the Australian Open main draw next month after successfully qualifying in Doha on Wednesday.

The 17-year-old Spaniard got off to a good start in straight sets to beat second-seeded Bolivian Hugo Dellien 6-2, 6-3. Alcaraz won 73% of his first serve points to become the first player born in 2003 to qualify for a Grand Slam championship.

The Spaniard #NextGenATP is the youngest player in the Top 200 of the FedEx ATP rankings and has built on an impressive finish of the 2020 season. In his last six ATP Challenger Tour events in 2020, Alcaraz has compiled a record of 20-3 and won three trophies in four finals.

Sergiy Stakhovsky, 35, also took part in the qualifying competition, which took place this year in Doha due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ukrainian defeated Australia’s Dane Sweeny 2-6, 6-3, 6-1, converting four of 13 break points for a place in the main draw for the first time since 2016.

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Serbian Viktor Troicki, 34, also clinched his place in the main draw after a 6-4, 6-2 victory over No.11 Cedrik-Marcel Stebe, but Dustin Brown, 36, lost to American Maxime Cressy, who qualifies for the Australian Open for the first time, after hitting 14 aces in a 7-6 (5), 6-4 win.

Former world No.17 Bernard Tomic became the only Australian to qualify for the main draw after overtaking compatriot John-Patrick Smith, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (7). The 28-year-old, who qualified for the first time, reached the fourth round of the main draw in 2012, 2015 and 2016.

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Sweden’s Elias Ymer will make the main draw for the first time since 2018 after knocking out Taro Daniel of Japan 6-1, 6-2 in the final qualifying round. Portugal’s Frederico Ferreira Silva will make his Grand Slam championship debut after beating favorite Gregoire Barrere of France 6-3, 6-4.

Belgian Kimmer Coppejans defeated seventh seed Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina 6-2, 6-0, and American Michael Mmoh defeated Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech 6-3, 7-6 (3). Frenchman Quentin Halys took over Robin Haase of the Netherlands 6-3, 6-4.


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