Carlos Alcaraz vs. Alexander Zverev - Who won their previous RG duel?

Carlos Alcaraz and Alexander Zverev are the last men standing in Paris

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Carlos Alcaraz vs. Alexander Zverev - Who won their previous RG duel?
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Alexander Zverev and Carlos Alcaraz will seek the second Major title of the season at Roland Garros. Both players passed six obstacles and secured the championship clash, their tenth on the Tour and second in Paris. Carlos is playing for his third Major title at 21, while Alexander pursues his first Major trophy at 27, losing the previous final in New York to Dominic Thiem despite serving for the win.

The German ousted the 14-time Roland Garros winner Rafael Nadal in the first round before struggling against Tallon Grieksppor and Holger Rune. Zverev beat two rivals in five sets, setting the quarter-final clash with Alex de Minaur.

The 4th seed sealed the deal in straight sets, booking a place in his fourth consecutive semi-final in Paris. Alexander met the two-time finalist Casper Ruud in the semi-final and lost the opening set. Ruud started to struggle physically due to stomach issues, with Zverev taking charge from set number two and moving into his first Roland Garros final.

Carlos Alcaraz, Roland Garros 2022© Ryan Pierse / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Alcaraz improved last year's result in the French capital, scoring six wins and getting a chance to win his third different Major title at 21!

Carlos played well in the opening five rounds, dropping one set and setting the ultimate clash against the Australian Open winner, Jannik Sinner. The Spaniard trailed two times before prevailing in five sets and remaining on the title course.

Alexander and Carlos have met nine times since 2021, with the German building a 5-4 advantage. The German took down the Spaniard in this year's Australian Open, making a furious start and sealing the deal in four sets. Carlos served revenge in the Indian Wells quarter-final in March, dropping only four games and hoping for another strong result in Sunday's final in Paris.

Their previous Roland Garros duel came in the quarter-final two years ago, and Zverev earned a hard-fought 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 victory in three hours and 18 minutes.

Alexander Zverev, Roland Garros 2022© Ryan Pierse / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Carlos Alcaraz and Alexander Zverev are the rivals in the Roland Garros final.

It was a notable win for Alexander, beating a top-10 rival at Majors for the first time after 11 straight losses!

Carlos entered the match with 14 consecutive wins, conquering Barcelona and Madrid ahead of his first notable run in Paris. He became the youngest Roland Garros quarter-finalist since Novak Djokovic in 2006. The young gun gave everything against the more experienced player, winning the third set and missing an opportunity to force a decider.

Alexander served at 71% and looked determined to finally end his terrible streak against the rivals from the top at Majors. Zverev saved four out of six break points, keeping the pressure on the other side and prevailing with three return games on his tally from eight opportunities.

Alexander landed 39 winners and 34 unforced errors, taming his strokes nicely and outplaying Carlos' 46-56 ratio. A teenager sprayed too many errors and missed a set point in the fourth set's tie break, ending his campaign in the last eight.

Carlos Alcaraz, Roland Garros 2022© Ryan Pierse / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Zverev built the lead in the shortest exchanges up to four strokes. He earned the win in that segment after nothing separated them in the mid-range and most extended rallies.

We saw eight comfortable holds in the first set and one troubled service game for each player. Alexander defended a break point in the second game, avoiding an early setback. The German stepped in on the return in game five and created three break points.

He seized the last after drawing the Spaniard's volley error, moving in front and holding at 15 in the next one with a service winner. Zverev held at love for 5-3 and wrapped up the set with a backhand winner in game ten. Alexander saved a break point in the fourth game of the second set and forged the advantage with a break in game seven.

The German landed a volley winner a few minutes later, holding at love and cementing the lead.

Alexander Zverev, Roland Garros 2022© Clive Brunskill / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Zverev served for the set at 5-4 and squandered a couple of set points before facing a break point.

Carlos wasted it after a backhand error, and Alexander converted the third set point with an ace, moving 6-4, 6-4 in front after an hour and 29 minutes. They served well in the opening eight games of the third set, with Zverev locking the result at 4-4 with a service winner.

Having no room for errors, Alcaraz experienced a break point in game nine and denied it with a drop shot winner. The young gun held and gained a boost, earning a break at 15 in game ten and extending the encounter and his chances.

Like in the third set, the servers stood too strong in the opening eight games of the fourth. The German grabbed a break in the ninth game after the Spaniard's double fault, opening a 5-4 gap and serving for the win in game ten.

Eager to fight until the end, a teenager pulled the break back at the last moment with a backhand winner, locking the result at 5-5 and keeping himself in contention. They served well in games 11 and 12, introducing a tie break.

Carlos cracked a backhand down the line in the 11th point for a set point. Zverev denied it and converted the second match point at 8-7 with a backhand down the line return winner.

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