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Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals Milan | 9-13 Nov. 2021
17-Year-Old Alcaraz Qualifies In Estoril, To Play Cilic
Carlos Alcaraz

Carlos Alcaraz defeats fellow Spaniard Carlos Taberner in straight sets to qualify in Estoril. © Millennium Estoril Open

#NextGenATP Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz earned his spot in the Millennium Estoril Open main draw on Sunday with a 7-5, 6-3 win against countryman Carlos Taberner. The 17-year-old will play former World No. 3 and sixth seed Marin Cilic in the first round of the main draw.

This will be the first time that Alcaraz faces a Grand Slam champion. Cilic triumphed at the US Open in 2014, and the Croatian is pursuing his 19th tour-level singles title this week.

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It has been a breakthrough season for Alcaraz, who has earned wins against Top 30 stars David Goffin and Casper Ruud. Former World No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero's protege reached his first ATP Tour quarter-final and semi-final in Marbella.

The other qualifiers in Estoril are Spaniards Jaume Munar and Pedro Martinez as well as wild card Nuno Borges of Portugal.