Alcaraz Reaches Main Draw In Cincinnati
The 18-year-old is making his debut in Cincinnati and has enjoyed a breakthrough season, rising from outside the Top 100 in the FedEx ATP Rankings to a career-high No. 54 this year. Alcaraz, who won his first tour-level title in Umag in July, broke Ivashka four times to advance in one hour and 26 minutes.
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Alcaraz will be joined in the main draw by former World No. 5 Kevin Anderson after the South African downed American Steve Johnson 7-6(3), 6-4 in one hour and 40 minutes. Anderson will be making his 10th appearance in Cincinnati, having first competed at the hard-court Masters 1000 event in 2008.
Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka battled past Ricardas Berankis 6-7(6), 7-5, 6-2 in two hours and 29 minutes to seal his spot in the main draw. The 25-year-old will be joined by Richard Gasquet after the Frenchman downed Spaniard Jaume Munar 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.Americans Tommy Paul and Marcos Giron also qualified. Paul edged past countryman Tennys Sandgren 6-7(5), 7-6(4), 6-3, while Giron overcame German Dominik Koepfer 7-6(6), 6-4. World No. 91 Corentin Moutet will make his debut in Cincinnati after defeating Australian Alexei Popyrin 3-6, 7-6(2), 7-5.