Tennis world in shock over 'bad' Carlos Alcaraz drama: 'I'm angry'

·Sports Reporter
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Carlos Alcaraz (pictured) reacts after losing a point at the Canadian Open.
Carlos Alcaraz (pictured) suffered a shock loss to Tommy Paul at the Canadian Open. (Getty Images)

Spanish teen sensation Carlos Alcaraz has been upset at the Canadian Open after a shock loss to Tommy Paul.

Alcaraz recently moved up to World No.4 and had been granted the No.2 seed at the Canadian Open due to the absence of Rafa Nadal and Alexander Zverev.

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However, the Spaniard admitted he struggled with the pressure in the big moments - having been unable to convert a match point - after Paul came from a set down to defeat the in-form 19-year-old 7-6, 6-7, 6-3.

Alcaraz appeared in total control against the American having been a set up and 4-1, but Paul was able to fight back and force a tiebreak.

The Spaniard wasn't able to recover after losing the tiebreak.

Alcaraz was critical of himself after his performance at the ATP 1000 and said it could have been the first time in his young career that he struggled under the mantle of being a favourite.

"I must learn the lesson of this match," Alcaraz said in the press conference.

"I'm angry. I had my chances to break him early in the third set. I was dominating those points, but I made bad decisions.

"That frustrated me. I was able to play better at the end of the match, but I'm angry that I couldn't play my best tennis in the rest of the match.

"I would say it was the first time that I couldn't deal with the pressure. Being the number 2 seed in the draw and number 4 in the world, it was the first time I felt that pressure and I couldn't control it."

Tennis world reacts to Carlos Alcaraz upset

The tennis world reacted with shock to Alcaraz's defeat in the round of 32 after reaching two consecutive finals in recent tournaments.

Paul has enjoyed a strong 2022 with a great run to the last 16 at Wimbledon.

The American holds a 3-2 winning record over the World Top 10 this year.

Paul will now face Marin Cilic in the Round of 16 in Toronto.

Alcaraz will head to Cincinnati for the ATP 1000 next week.

The Spaniard has lost two consecutive finals heading into the Canadian Open having fallen short in Hamburg and Umag.

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