World number one Carlos Alcaraz powered his way into the Paris Masters quarter-finals by playing some impressive tennis during a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Grigor Dimitrov. The US Open champion can seal his world number one status for the year if he wins the ATP 1000 tournament on Sunday after the early exit of Rafael Nadal against Tommy Paul.
Alcaraz won his last-32 match against Yoshihito Nishioka in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 in a match which took only one hour and 12 minutes. He was again in imperious form against Dimitrov, winning the first set 6-1 in 28 minutes and despite being pushed further in the second set, pulled through 6-3
The Spaniard won the opening game after forcing his Bulgarian opponent into an error before complaining to chair umpire Greg Allensworth about somebody with a flashing camera in the crowd. The 19-year-old continued his quick start to the match racing into a 2-0 lead.
The next game was more competitive with Dimitrov serving and forcing the world number one into some impressive ground shots to double break his opponent. World number 28 Dimitrov did hit back in the fifth game – pulling back to 4-1 with a serve and smash combination.
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