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Humble Carlos Alcaraz has elegant response to stunning Paris Masters exit

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Carlos Alcaraz has been praised for his sportsmanship following his shock first-round elimination at the Paris Masters.

The two-time Grand Slam champion was beaten 6-3 6-4 by world number 45 Roman Safiullin on Tuesday.

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The two-time Grand Slam champion looked off-kilter in his return to action following injury.

The result was another blow to Alcaraz’s hopes of overtaking world number 1 Novak Djokovic in the ATP rankings.

Alcaraz was quick to congratulate the Russian just hours after the shock result.

Safiullin is quickly emerging as a contender on the ATP Tour after reaching the last eight at Wimbledon earlier this year.

“Congratulations on the victory, Roman Safiullin,” he wrote in a message on X (formerly Twitter).

“I’m saying goodbye to Paris much earlier than I would have liked. Now it’s time to prepare for my match for the ATP Finals in Turin!”

One fan replied: “Good sportsmanship.” Another said: “It’s a pleasure to see such sportsmanship. Looking forward to seeing you in Turin!”

Alcaraz was playing for the first time since losing to Grigor Dimitrov in Shanghai.

The 20-year-old was forced to withdraw from last week’s event in Basel due to foot and back injuries.

The Wimbledon champion admitted there is a lot to work on ahead of the ATP Finals in Turin, which begin on Sunday, November 12.

“I just didn’t feel good on the field,” Alcaraz told reporters.

“A lot of things to improve, a lot of things to practice.

“I didn’t move well. In the shots, I think I had good quality of shots. But physically in terms of movements, I need to improve a lot.”

Meanwhile, Safiullin moved up to 39th in the world rankings with this victory, preparing to enter the top 40 for the first time in his career.

The 26-year-old said after beating Alcaraz: “Against Carlos and these top 10, top 20 guys, you have to raise the level. I managed to do that.

“For Carlos, it wasn’t his best performance, but I’m still happy to be able to win. Even though he’s not in the best shape, it’s hard to beat him, so I’m really happy to ‘have succeeded.

“Everything against these guys (is important). Tactical, physical, mental. (That’s the key) to stay focused from start to finish. Whoever can hold on longer will be the winner.”



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