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Wimbledon 2024: Alcaraz beats Layal in Centre Court opener | Pragativadi | Odisha News, Breaking News Odisha, Latest Odisha News – N.F Times

The third Grand Slam tournament of the season, Wimbledon (London, England / July 1~14, grass court), kicked off the opening match of the men’s singles on Centre Court, where third seed Carlos Alcaraz (Spain) defeated qualifier Marc Layal (Estonia) 7-6(3) 7-5 6-2 in the first round of the men’s singles, which was the opening match on Centre Court.

In a two-hour, 22-minute battle, the 21-year-old Alcaraz withstood a free-hitting, aggressive performance from Lajal to record a 7-6(3), 7-5, 6-2 victory at the grass-court major and advanced to the second round.

“Stepping onto this court at Wimbledon is the most beautiful court that I have played on. I am still nervous when I play here,” Alcaraz said.

Alcaraz, who will be competing in the tournament for the fourth year in a row, won the title at last year’s event. In the final, he won the summit showdown 1-6 7-6(6) 6-1 3-6 6-4 against Novak Djokovic of Serbia, who was aiming for a fifth consecutive title, to win his second Grand Slam title after the 2022 US Open (New York, USA, hard court).

Alcaraz entered the tournament with a 26-6 record, having won the Indian Wells (ATP1000/hard court) in March and the French Open (Paris/clay court) in June.

Alcaraz will face the winner of Sebastian Ofner (Austria) and Alexander Mr./Ms. Bukic (Australia) in the second round.

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