Next week, following the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, Carlos Alcaraz will assume the top-ranking in the world, leapfrogging Novak Djokovic.
But on Monday, Alcaraz saw his time in Rome come to an abrupt end as he was upset by Fabian Marozsan, a Hungarian qualifier. Marozsan ousted Alcaraz 6-3, 7-6(4) to reach the fourth round.
“Everything was perfect today,” said Marozsan. “The crowd, the weather, the court, I’m just happy I’m doing my job.”
Alcaraz had entered Monday with a record of 30-2 in 2023, and hadn’t lost to a player outside the Top 100 since Paris-Bercy in 2021.
“I tried to fight until the last ball, but it wasn’t enough,” said Alcaraz. “Of course, in the second set, it was close. I had my chances at 6-5, 15/30. I would say I could win that set, except little things happened. Of course, he deserves the win. If he plays at that level, he’s going to surprise more than one.”
Up next for Marozsan is 15th seeded Borna Coric of Croatia.