Carlos Alcaraz marked his return to action for the first time in almost four months with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Cameron Norrie in the final of the Argentina Open on Sunday. It was a seventh career title for the 19-year-old Spaniard and first since winning the US Open in September before he went on to become the youngest ever world number one. This is the level that I have to play in finals.”
A leg muscle tear at the Paris Masters in November meant Alcaraz missed the start of this season, including the Australian Open, won by Novak Djokovic. He also lost his top ranking to the Serb.
World number two Alcaraz took his head-to-head record over the 12th-ranked Norrie to 4-1 thanks to his 93-minute victory on Sunday.
He turned an early 2-3 deficit into an impressive 6-3, 3-0 lead and he did not face a break point until he failed to serve out the match at 5-3 up.
Down 0-15 while serving at 5-5, the Spaniard unleashed a forehand volley to reassert himself.
The next game was the longest of the match as Alcaraz battled through two deuces before sealing victory with a drop shot Alcaraz showed his mastery of clay courts had not been diminished by his long absence.
Of his seven titles, five have come on clay and he will get the chance to quickly add another as he heads to Rio next week to defend the trophy he won in 2022.
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