Top seed Carlos Alcaraz reached his first career quarter-final on grass with a straight-set victory at Queen’s over Jiri Lehecka.
Alcaraz, 20, cruised past his 21-year-old Czech opponent 6-2 6-3.
“After this match the expectations change, I think I’m ready to do a good result here on grass,” said the Spanish world number two.
Queen’s is just the third tournament the US Open champion and recent French Open semi-finalist has played on grass.
Alcaraz, who has won a Grand Slam title and held the number one spot in the world this year, is competing at Queen’s for the first time, having played at Wimbledon in 2021 and 2022.
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“I’m really happy with the level I played today, I had a really solid match. I’m enjoying playing here and I’m happy with a first quarter-final,” he said on court after the triumph.
Alcaraz secured an early break after a tricky second game and sealed a dominant opening-set win to prove he is finding his feet on the surface, before saving three break points at 3-1 in the second.
The Spaniard sent a forehand long on match point on Lehecka’s service game but served out the match to secure his last-eight spot.
Written by: Debby Eselebor
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