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Carlos Alcaraz will be making his third ATP Masters 1000 appearance after defeating Ilya Ivashka on Sunday in Cincinnati.

South African Kevin Anderson advances

#NextGenATP Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz booked his spot in the main draw at the Western & Southern Open on Sunday as he cruised past Belarusian Ilya Ivashka 6-3, 6-4 in the final qualifying round.

The 18-year-old is making his debut in Cincinnati and has enjoyed a breakthrough season, rising from outside the Top 100 in the FedEx ATP Rankings to a career-high No. 54 this year. Alcaraz, who won his first tour-level title in Umag in July, broke Ivashka four times to advance in one hour and 26 minutes.


Alcaraz will be joined in the main draw by former World No. 5 Kevin Anderson after the South African downed American Steve Johnson 7-6(3), 6-4 in one hour and 40 minutes. Anderson will be making his 10th appearance in Cincinnati, having first competed at the hard-court Masters 1000 event in 2008.

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