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Alcaraz Advances After Koepfer’s Injury

Published on August 25, 2023
Updated on September 5, 2023
Written by Simon

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Alcaraz Advances After Koepfer's Injury
  • Carlos Alcaraz benefits from an early opponent retirement.
  • Current No. 1 ATP Men’s player in world
  • Seeking to become first consecutive U.S. Open winner since 2008

Carlos Alcaraz Takes Match Due To Opponent Retirement

Carlos Alcaraz, the top seed at the US Open, had an unexpectedly quick evening at Arthur Ashe Stadium. His opponent, Dominik Koepfer, retired just 60 minutes into their match, with Alcaraz in the lead at 6-2, 3-2. Koepfer’s match was abruptly hindered after he rolled his ankle early on. Despite attempting to continue post-treatment, the pain proved overwhelming, forcing his withdrawal.

“It’s not the ideal way to progress, but I felt great on the court,” commented Alcaraz, donning a striking sleeveless match shirt. Recalling his previous performances, he added, “This court resonates with me. The energy is just as vibrant as last year.”

Alcaraz’s aspirations are set high as he seeks to replicate Roger Federer’s success by defending the men’s US Open title. Federer secured five consecutive titles from 2004-08. However, a rankings shuffle is on the horizon. Despite his ongoing efforts, Alcaraz is poised to drop from the World No. 1 spot in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings come 12 September. He will be succeeded by Novak Djokovic, who’s on the advantage with no points at stake from last year’s absence.

Betting Implications

It was an easy start for the top player in the world, but it will not be an easy road if Alcaraz wants to be the first person to win consecutive U.S. Open titles since Roger Federer won five straight (2004-2008). He could potentially face other seeded players like Jannik Skinner and the man he beat at Wimbledon, Novak Djokovic. Currently, Djokovic is the odds favorite to win the tournament, but Alcaraz could be someone to place a wager on.

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Simon Flynn is a sports bettor with over 10 years experience in building profitable sports trading systems. Specializing in football (the type where players use their feet), he dreams of hitting that elusive 10-game accumulator one day. Editorial Promise