Alcaraz Cruises into Indian Wells Quarter-finals, Avenges Marozsan Loss

Alcaraz Cruises into Indian Wells Quarter-finals, Avenges Marozsan Loss

Defending champion Carlos Alcaraz cruised into the quarter-finals of the ATP-WTA Indian Wells Masters on Tuesday, exacting revenge on Fabian Marozsan with a dominant 6-3, 6-3 victory. The Spanish star had a score to settle with the 58th-ranked Hungarian after losing their only previous encounter at the 2022 Rome Masters.

Alcaraz seized control from the outset, breaking Marozsan twice in the opening set and winning 12 of the first 13 points in the second. The top seed unleashed 22 winners in just 75 minutes, showcasing his exceptional form.

Despite a slow start to the season and an ankle injury in Brazil, Alcaraz appears poised to defend his title in Indian Wells. "I was nervous before the match," he admitted. "But I'm really happy with the way I approached it and played."

Alcaraz's victory marked his 50th Masters win and extended his winning streak in Indian Wells to nine matches. He will face sixth seed Alexander Zverev in the quarter-finals, who overcame blustery conditions to defeat Alex de Minaur in three sets.

In other notable results, Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas suffered a disappointing exit, losing 6-2, 6-4 to rising Czech youngster Jiri Lehecka. Lehecka, who upset fifth seed Andrey Rublev in the previous round, dominated Tsitsipas from the start, claiming the opening set with two breaks of serve.

In the women's draw, Dubai champion Jasmine Paolini bowed out to Anastasia Potapova, while Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk advanced to the quarter-finals with a straight-sets victory over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

Tags: #CarlosAlcaraz, #IndianWellsMasters, #FabianMarozsan, #AlexanderZverev, #StefanosTsitsipas

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