WATCH: Tenacious Tommy Paul and Carlos Alcaraz rally

Ryan Jarvis
Tommy Paul in action
Tommy Paul in action

Want to end your weekend off on a high note? Then take a look at this insane rally between Carlos Alcaraz and Tommy Paul from the 2022 National Bank Open.

The players squared off in the round of 32 for what looked like a battle for the ages. Both competitors put in a long and hard performance that lasted for three hours and 20 minutes. Unfortunately for the young Spaniard, he found himself on the wrong end of the narrow 6-7, 7-6, 6-3 score.

The pair certainly put up an exciting performance with their brick wall efforts, getting the crowd out of their seats from their scintillating rallies.

Both players showed off their hunger and commitment to win the point and executed some brilliant return shots that were matched by an excellent defensive work rate from the pair. An exhilarating spell of play from the players that is certainly unmatchable.

One of the commentators spoke for everyone in attendance when he said, “Oh, stop it, both of you. That is absolutely absurd.” What a display from both players, who looked like they would never end the rally.

Another commentator added, “Incredible point. Most people up on their feet, rightly so.” It was a brilliant point that was out of this world.

The rally certainly showed off the players abilities, while advertising the maturity and confidence of Alcaraz. The Spaniard seemed to be dictating the point, sending some powerful strikes. However, he was unfortunate with the final shot and skewed it out.

Alcaraz has undoubtedly come a long way since then and has rightfully earned himself a spot amongst the fan favourites.

“It’s nice to finish matches at the net,” said Paul speaking after the match about converting his fifth match point. “He hit a pretty nice passing shot there at the last point and I covered the line well, volleyed it well. I think I did a lot of things well today. I played a good level of tennis, especially there in the third set, so I’m happy to get through.”

“I think I got him in his first match on the hard courts,” said Paul. “So hopefully when we play next time, he [also] doesn’t have too many hard-court matches [under his belt].” An exciting match loading if the pair face each other again.

Paul continued his title run up until the quarter-finals, where he faced British star, Dan Evan. Unfortunately for the American, he saw himself exit after a difficult 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 loss.

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