Carlos Alcaraz defeated Ben Shelton 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) on Wednesday to win his 13th straight ATP match and open the Toronto Masters. The Spaniard, who is vying for Canadian glory after winning back-to-back crowns at Queen’s Club and Wimbledon, won the second-round match between the two 20-year-olds. As he starts the preparations for defending his US Open championship, Alcaraz has a record of 48-4 so far this year. The top seed acknowledged that the 41st-ranked American opponent, who won the 56-minute match and earned his first career victory in Toronto, occasionally outhit him.
From the beginning, he was more aggressive than I was, Alcaraz claimed. I made an effort to remain steady and find my groove, although I struggled a bit.
“However, I’m glad to have advanced to the next round. This kind of match helps you focus. Alcaraz continued, “I need to play better going forward.” In the round of 16, he will take against Hubert Hurkacz of Poland, the 15th seed.
Elsewhere On Wednesday, fourth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas was shocked by French veteran Gael Monfils, who won in straight sets to progress to the round of 16.
In just under 90 minutes, the 36-year-old Parisian, who is ranked 276 in the world, defeated Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-3.
The victory was against an in-form Tsitsipas who had just won the ATP Los Cabos championship in Mexico the previous weekend, and it was the first time Monfils had defeated a player in the top 10 since March 2022.
Monfils overcame 29 unforced mistakes to advance to the third round of the Washington Open last week.
It took Monfils two match points to win; on the first one, a shotmaking duel went in Tsitsipas’ favor, and then the French veteran sealed the triumph shortly after.
Monfils stated, “I stayed very calm and tried to make simple decisions after (losing) the first match point. I simply maintained my composure; I felt no terror.I anticipated that Stef would be aggressive and confident when he arrived here.
“I played a good match, and I was pleased with how I was playing again.
“For me, having great movement is always important. I was pleased with it, so.
In other matches on Wednesday, second seed Daniil Medvedev defeated Matteo Arnaldi 6-2, 7-5 to progress to the third round.
In the humid summer heat, Medvedev said he needed to exert more effort against Arnaldi in the second set. He had 18 unforced errors and 26 winners.
Although it felt amazing, Medvedev admitted that he might have played better in the second set.
“There were two or three games where I had to save break points.The match was decent, but I still need to get better.
“The summertime weather is scorching, and I need to get acclimated to it. normally requires two to three games.
With this victory, Medvedev improved to 8-1 in Toronto and has now won 47 games this year.
The 36-year-old British player Andy Murray defeated qualifier Max Purcell 7-6 (7/2), 3-6, 7-5 as he continued to demonstrate consistent development ahead of the US Open’s start on August 28.
The three-time Grand Slam champion battled hard for over three hours against a determined opponent from qualifying after falling behind by a break in the last set.
Andrey Rublev, the sixth seed, struggled in his first summertime hardcourt encounter, falling to American Mackenzie McDonald 6-4, 6-3.
With the German losing serve four games, 2017 champion Alexander Zverev was defeated by Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-1, 6-2 in 62 minutes.
Jannik Sinner defeated Matteo Berrettini in an all-Italian match 6-4, 6-3, fending off all seven break points he was presented with. Murray will now face the seventh seed.
The number 19 defeated Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis in the round of 16 following a comeback of 4-6, 7-5, 6-4. He then joined fellow countryman Lorenzo Musetti there.
Milos Raonic, a Canadian who had been out of the Tour for two years due to injury, advanced by defeating Taro Daniel of Japan 6-4, 6-3.
The young compatriot Gabriel Diallo was defeated 6-4, 7-5 by the Australian Alex de Minaur.