Fritz knocked out as Alcaraz sails into Queen’s Club quarters.

On Thursday at the Queen’s Club Championships, top-seeded Carlos Alcaraz easily defeated Jiri Lehecka 6-2, 6-3 to proceed to the quarterfinals, but third-seeded Taylor Fritz was defeated by Adrian Mannarino.

As Alcaraz plays on grass for the first time this week since losing in the fourth round of Wimbledon last year, he is gradually getting used to the strange, speedier surface.

In a statement made yesterday, Alcaraz, the second-ranked player in the world, stated, “I’m feeling tremendously at home here on grass, collecting experience and hours on grass. I’m loving every second of it, and I feel confident going into the next round.”

Alcaraz sprinted to a 3-0 lead under sunny skies in the second set despite falling and misplacing his racket as his Czech opponent struck a winner and eventually tied the score.

Alcaraz, however, got back up, picked himself up and swiftly pulled away. He won the opening set with a spectacular cross-court backhand winner that flew past Lehecka as the Czech was heading for the net and landed precisely on the line.

Lehecka struggled to read Alcaraz’s low groundstrokes in the second set, which he won 4-1 after the Spaniard saved three break points.

It was too late to go back at that moment. Lehecka made a valiant effort to maintain his serve, but Alcaraz prevailed on his third match point when the Czech’s response was long.

Fritz’s Wimbledon preparations were hampered by his straight-set loss against Mannarino, who won 6-4 7-6(7) to move on to the quarterfinals.

After defeating Daniil Medvedev in’s-Hertogenbosch, Mannarino had now defeated two players ranked in the top 10 in as many weeks.

Mannarino will compete against Alex de Minaur of Australia, who defeated Diego Schwartzman with a decisive 6-2 6-2 triumph, breaking the Argentine six times in the process, and winning the match in just 65 minutes.

Sinner advanced to his seventh tour-level quarter-final of the year by fending off all eight break points he faced during a gripping two-hour, 52-minute match inside OWL Arena.

After the bout, Sinner stated, “It was a tough contest for sure. He and I both had numerous opportunities in the opening set. On grass courts, it’s never simple, but I think I handled it well given how I responded, particularly emotionally. Of course, battling him is never simple.

Sonego effectively used his powerful serving and brisk groundstrokes to win the first-set tie-break and pose a serious danger to his higher-ranked countryman.

However, Sinner achieved a comeback victory and improved to 2-0 in his Lexus ATP Head2Head series versus Sonego thanks to his elite movement around the court, which enabled him to score vital breaks midway through both the second and third sets.

Sinner, who was challenged by Richard Gasquet in his opening round, won his second straight three-set encounter on the opening day of the competition.

The 21-year-old, who will play Alexander Bublik next, seems unconcerned about the fact that his first two victories required more than five hours of playing time. Sinner, who last week advanced to his first tour-level quarterfinal on grass in’s-Hertogenbosch, said, “(I’ve spent a lot of hours for) these couple of matches, but it’s better.

Bublik defeated home favourite Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-3 to secure his place in the round of eight. The Kazakhstani advanced to his second tour-level quarterfinal of the year after hitting 43 winners, including 23 aces in excellent serving.

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