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Carlos Alcaraz wins 1st match of the year at Argentina Open

ATP 250 Argentina Open 2023 - Round of Sixteen

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - FEBRUARY 15: Carlos Alcaraz of Spain celebrates after winning a point in the round of sixteen singles match against Laslo Djere of Serbia during day three of the ATP 250 Argentina Open 2023 at Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club on February 15, 2023 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images)

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BUENOS AIRES -- Second-ranked Carlos Alcaraz won his first match of the year on by beating Laslo Djere 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 in the Argentina Open.

The 19-year-old U.S. Open champion missed the Australian Open with a leg injury and ceded the No. 1 ranking to Novak Djokovic, who won the title in Melbourne.

Alcaraz will face Dusan Lajovic in the quarterfinals of the clay-court tournament. Lajovic beat Camilo Ugo Carabelli 6-3, 6-1.

Local favorite Diego Schwartzman and 2020 U.S. Open champion Dominic Thiem will play for a spot in the quarterfinals.