Carlos Alcaraz, widely-regarded as Rafael Nadal’s Grand Slam heir apparent, claimed a season-leading 47th win of the year at the US Open despite breaking one of his shoes.
The 19-year-old third seed defeated Jenson Brooksby of the United States 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 on the back of 46 winners.
Alcaraz, a quarter-finalist in 2021, managed to break one of his tennis shoes as he slid to reach a ball mid-match.
“It’s the third time that I have done this. As you can see, I do a lot of sliding,” he said.
Meanwhile, Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis enjoyed a straight-sets win (6-4, 7-6 [7-3]) over Andre Goransson and Yoshi Nishioka to reach the third round of the US Open doubles.
Speical K now faces Harri Heliovaara and Lloyd Glasspool in the next round.
British seventh seed Cameron Norrie made the fourth round for the first time with a comfortable 7-5, 6-4, 6-1 win over Danish teenager Holger…