Carlos Alcaraz's secret drink versus Jannik Sinner

Carlos Alcaraz defeated Jannik Sinner in five sets in Paris

by Jovica Ilic
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Carlos Alcaraz's secret drink versus Jannik Sinner
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Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner battled in the Roland Garros semi-final. The Spaniard erased the deficit two times and prevailed 2-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 after four hours and nine minutes, booking a place in his third Major final.

Both players struggled physically, and Alcaraz started to feel cramps like a year ago against Novak Djokovic. However, the Spaniard was ready to prevent them with a simple solution, drinking a pickle juice ahead of the decider and overpowering his opponent!

Sinner claimed two points more than Alcaraz, but not the crucial ones. The Italian suffered his first Major loss of the season, dealing with discomfort around his troubled hip and the cramps. He led two sets to one but lost the ground in sets four and five after failing to pressure the Spaniard on the return.

Carlos fired 65 winners and 58 unforced errors, attacking and leaving his opponent on a 39-44 ratio.

Carlos Alcaraz, Roland Garros 2024© Clive Brunskill / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Each player secured six breaks, and Alcaraz saved his successful return games for the pivotal moments.

The Spaniard held in his final 11 service games without facing a break point and grabbed two breaks in sets four and five that carried him home. They stayed neck and neck in the shortest, mid-range and most extended exchanges, and Carlos brought the victory home with a better performance in the rallies up to four strokes in the deciding set.

Alcaraz made a slow start, serving at 81% in the opening set but getting broken three times. Sinner served well and got broken only after building a massive advantage, forging an initial lead in his first Roland Garros semi-final.

Carlos squandered game points in the first game of the match and played a loose forehand to drop serve and push his rival in front. Jannik held at love in game two with a backhand down the line winner and painted another direct point from his backhand in the next one for a break chance.

Jannik Sinner, Roland Garros 2024© Clive Brunskill / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Carlos Alcaraz overpowered Jannik Sinner in the Roland Garros semi-final.

Alcaraz played a wild forehand, suffering another break and falling 3-0 behind after 13 minutes.

Sinner fired a powerful serve in the fourth game for 4-0 before facing issues behind the initial shot in game six. Carlos pulled one break back, reducing the deficit before struggling again on serve at 2-4. He wasted a 40-15 lead and faltered after a forehand mistake, experiencing the third break from four service games and falling 5-2 behind.

The Italian served for the set in game eight and seized the third set point after the Spaniard's mistake for 6-2 after 40 minutes. Alcaraz suffered an early break in the second set, extending his poor run before turning the tables and taking six of the next seven games.

Carlos lost serve in the first game after a backhand error, and Jannik cemented the break with a forehand winner in game two, rattling off eight of the opening ten games. Sinner hit a double fault at 2-1 and offered his rival three break points.

Carlos Alcaraz, Roland Garros 2024© Clive Brunskill / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Carlos seized the second with a forehand crosscourt winner, returning to the positive side and gaining a boost. Alcaraz played well on the return in the sixth game, earning a break chance with a volley winner and converting it after Sinner's forehand error for a 4-2 advantage and momentum.

Carlos grabbed the seventh game after a deuce and served for the set at 5-3. The Spaniard held at 15 with a service winner, equalling the overall score after an hour and a half. Jannik did not feel well physically in the third set, experiencing cramps and shaking his left hand.

Still, he grabbed back-to-back breaks and moved a set away from a place in the final. Carlos grabbed the first break in game three with a backhand crosscourt winner, moving in front but losing ground in the upcoming games. Jannik landed a forehand crosscourt winner in the fourth game, pulling the break back before facing four break points in the next one.

Carlos Alcaraz & Jannik Sinner, Roland Garros 2024© Tim Goode / Stringer - Getty Images Sport

The Australian Open champion saved them and landed a service winner on a game point, presenting a vital hold and opening a 3-2 advantage.

Jannik pushed hard on the return in the sixth game, earning three break chances and seizing the last with a backhand return winner that propelled him 4-2 in front. Sinner landed a service winner in game seven, rattling off four games before receiving a massage on his left leg.

Carlos closed the eighth game at 30 before Jannik produced a hold at 15 at 5-3, drawing the rival's mistake and opening two sets to one advantage after two hours and 28 minutes. The fourth set saw nine comfortable holds, with nothing separating the two rivals.

Alcaraz held at 15 in game seven, and Sinner responded with a service winner in the next one, locking the result at 4-4. Carlos produced another fine hold in game nine and made a push on the return in the next one.

Carlos Alcaraz, Roland Garros 2024© Tim Goode / Stringer - Getty Images Sport

Jannik missed a routine smash at 30-15, which will cost him dearly!

Alcaraz attacked with his backhand and forced Sinner's mistake, creating a set point and firing a backhand winner for two sets to one advantage after three hours and 15 minutes. Carried by this boost, the Spaniard landed a volley winner in the first game of the final set and generated the second break point in the next one with a backhand crosscourt winner.

He converted it with a forehand down the line winner and cemented the break with a drop shot winner in the next one, moving 3-0 up and closer to the finish line. Alcaraz held after deuces in the fifth game, and Sinner extended the seventh with a smash winner.

The Spaniard remained composed and closed the game with a couple of service winners, standing on the verge of victory after his tenth straight hold. Jannik held with a service winner in game eight, reducing the gap and seeking one last chance on the return at 3-5.

Alcaraz created a match point with a service winner and missed it after a forced mistake. Carlos landed another match point with a fine serve and squandered it with a wild forehand. Another unreturned serve presented the third match point for the Spaniard, and he seized it with a forced error, securing a place in his first Roland Garros final.

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