Carlos Alcaraz qualified for the quarterfinals of the Masters tournament in Indian Wells on Wednesday. The top favorite benefited from a withdrawal from the Briton Jack Draper.
Alcaraz was leading 6-2 and 2-0 when Draper had to retire with an injury. The numbers two and 56 in the world were on the track for about 45 minutes at that time.
In the previous round, Alcaraz had already dealt with Tallon Greek track. The Dutchman was not inferior to the top talent, especially in the first set, but lost: 7-6 (4) and 6-3.
If Alcaraz wins the Indian Wells tournament, he will take over the leading position in the world ranking from the absent Novak Djokovic. In the quarterfinals, Alcaraz will face Félix Auger-Aliassime, who beat American Tommy Paul: 3-6, 6-3 and 7-6 (6).
Among the women, Iga Swiatek, among others, reached the last eight. The number one in the world was a size too big for Emma Raducanu, who had to bow 6-3 and 6-1.