Top seed Carlos Alcaraz powered past Australian qualifier Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-3, 6-3 on Saturday to reach the third round of the Indian Wells WTA and ATP Masters.The Spaniard, ranked number two in the world, didn’t face a break point as he launched his bid for a third Masters 1000 title and a return to number one.

He next meeting with Tallon Griekspoor, the number 31 seed from the Netherlands who beat Argentina’s Guido Pella 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/4).

Alcaraz become the youngest ever world number one, missed the Australian Open after an abdominal tear in late 2022 and then a hamstring injury sidelined him for four months.

He returned last month to win the title in Buenos Aires before falling in the final at Rio de Janeiro, where he was again hindered by a hamstring strain that prompted him to pull out of the ATP tournament in Acapulco.

«I’m not looking for any particular shot. You know, all that I’m looking for in every match is to enjoy, yeah, and to play relaxed.I think that’s the most important part of my game, to stay relaxed and go for it and not to think about, you know, the mistakes, the points, you know, the rounds. Just, let’s say, live the moment, play the match, and go for it. That’s the goal in this tournament for me».

«I try to make the people enjoy watching tennis, and I think the way that I play, they love or it seems like that.»

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