Four matches in Melbourne later, Carlos Alcaraz Garfia dream run has come to an end at the Australian Open.
The 17-year old, who had a sensational 2020 winning multiple ATP Challenger events, made his main draw grand slam debut at Melbourne, following three consecutive wins in the qualifying draw dropping only one set.
Alcaraz started the tournament solid, defeating the qualifier from Netherlands Botic Van de Zandschulp by 6-1 6-4 6-4.
With former No. 1 in the world Juan Carlos Ferrero in his corner, Alcaraz gained traction in the tournament but still failed to reach the third round.
Despite winning the first set, 'Carlitos' dropped a tight four-set match against Mikael Ymer. The Swedish gave an amazing performance, winning 67% of the points played with his first serve.
Ymer on the rise 📈🇸🇪@MikaelYmer takes a moment to reflect on moving through to round 3⃣ of #AO2021 after defeating Alcaraz in four sets🙌#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/WXBGPFgl9a— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) February 11, 2021
Ranked at 136 in the ATP, Alcaraz is just starting to make a name for himself in the pro tour.
The 17 year-old told VAVEL USA exclusively back in 2020 that despite people putting expectations on him, Alcaraz doesn't feel any type of pressure.
''Nobody puts pressure on me,'' Alcaraz told VAVEL USA. ''At least I don't pay attention to those who say it. I want to follow my path at my own pace.’’
Derrota hoy contra @MikaelYmer que fue superior a mí, terminó mi experiencia en el @AustralianOpen, ahora vuelta a casa y a seguir mejorando— Carlos Alcaraz (@alcarazcarlos03) February 11, 2021
Defeat today against @MikaelYmer who was superior to me, my experience at the @ AustralianOpen ended, back home and to continue improving pic.twitter.com/Xa54XAl37t