World no. 4 Alexander Zverev is through to his 27th ATP final and the fifth of the season in Vienna following a 6-3, 6-3 triumph over the young gun Carlos Alcaraz. The Spaniard defeated Matteo Berrettini last night, and he did not have much left in the tank for another top-10 rival, taking only nine return points and creating one break chance.
Alexander defended it and scored three breaks from four opportunities to control the pace and march over the top with 18 winners and 13 unforced errors. Zverev had the advantage in the shortest and most extended exchanges, staying calm in the closing stages to set the title clash against Jannik Sinner or Frances Tiafoe.
An 18-year-old held at 15 in the opening game with a service winner, and Zverev closed the second game to get his name on the scoreboard.
Alexander Zverev defeated Carlos Alcaraz in straight sets.
A teenager grabbed the third game at love after another powerful serve, looking good so far and hoping to score another notable victory.
Alexander cracked an ace down the T line to level the score at 2-2 after 11 minutes, and the Spaniard wrapped up another perfect service game with another unreturned serve for a 3-2 advantage. Zverev held at 15 in the sixth game and tamed the rival's initial shot in the next one to secure a break at 30 and move 4-3 ahead.
The German hit an ace in the eighth game to cement the advantage and grabbed the second straight break a few minutes later for 6-3 in 30 minutes thanks to a backhand crosscourt winner. Controlling the pace, Alexander claimed the fifth consecutive game at the beginning of the second set before Carlos held at love to end his downfall and level the score at 1-1.
Zverev brought the third game home with a volley winner, and Alcaraz held at 30 in game four to lock the result at 2-2. In the sixth game, a teenager sprayed a forehand error to fall 4-2 down, and the German wrapped up the next game at love to extend the lead and move closer to the finish line.
Serving for the victory at 5-3, Zverev fended off the first and only break chance with a forehand winner and sealed the deal with an ace down the T line for a place in the title clash.