Carlos Alcaraz’s path to regain number one will not be easy. The Spanish tennis player already has a rival to debut in the second round of the Indian Wells Masters 1,000: Thanasi Kokkinakis. the aussie defeated local guest Brandon Holt 6-4, 6-1 to get into the second ’round’ of the tournament.
According to the Murcian, there are no traces of the injury that kept him out of the Acapulco tournament and he will debut against an ‘aussie’ who arrives in top form. Only one defeat in 10 games, with a title included in the Namara Challenger. This good run has allowed the Adelaide tennis player to return to the Top 100 after the hell of injuries he has suffered since 2015: he suffered mononucleosis (2020), double shoulder surgery (2015, 2019) and a broken knee (2018).
On the other hand, Andy Murray will be the rival of another Spanish tennis player, Pablo Carreño. The Valencian will debut against a Briton who came back from his first round match against the Argentine Tomás Etcheverry 6-7, 6-1 and 6-4, in more than three hours of play.
The results of the Spanish tennis players on the first day of the Californian tournament, at a general level, are good: Pedro Martínez beat the Swiss Marc-Andrea Huesler 7-6, 3-6 and 6-4. A real battle that fell in favor of the Valencian. Felix Auger-Aliassime, the eighth seed from Indian Wells, will be his opponent in the next phase.
In the women’s circuit there will be Spanish derby between Paula Badosa, champion in 2021, and Nuria Parrizas. The latter met with her compatriot after defeating the Italian Elisabetta Cocciaretto 6-3, 7-5. The record among the Spanish falls in favor of Badosa, who defeated Parrizas 7-5, 7-5 in Sant Jordi, more than ten years ago, in the only recorded match between the two tennis players.