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Alcaraz beats Norrie on clay for 1st title since U.S. Open

ATP 250 Argentina Open 2023 - Final

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - FEBRUARY 19: Carlos Alcaraz of Spain celebrates after winning the Mens Singles Final against Cameron Norrie of Great Britain during day seven of the ATP 250 Argentina Open 2023 at Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club on February 19, 2023 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images)

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Top-seeded Carlos Alcaraz won his first title since his milestone U.S. Open triumph by beating Cameron Norrie in straight sets at the Argentina Open.

The world No. 2 overcame No. 12 Norrie 6-3, 7-5 in the clay-court final.

“I felt very comfortable,” Alcaraz said. “This is the level that I have to play in a final. It is really special, I struggled in these four months.”

A right leg injury sidelined Alcaraz from the Australian Open, with Novak Djokovic reclaiming the No. 1 ranking from Alcaraz after winning the title there.

The 19-year-old Alcaraz dropped only one set - to Serbia’s Laslo Djere - in his first tournament of the year.

After winning the first set in 36 minutes, Alcaraz quickly broke second-seeded Norrie in the second set but the Briton hit back when the Spaniard was serving for the championship at 5-4. Alcaraz broke Norrie with a drop shot to win the title.

Norrie lost his second final of the year after Auckland in January.

Alcaraz next defends his title at the Rio Open.