World no. 1 and the defending champion Carlos Alcaraz will compete in his fourth Major semi-final at the US Open. The young Spaniard met Alexander Zverev in the quarter-final and delivered a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 victory in two hours and 30 minutes at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
On Friday, Alcaraz will seek a place in his third Major final against Daniil Medvedev. Zverev survived a marathon against Jannik Sinner two days ago and could not do much against Alcaraz in the opening two sets. Also, the German struggled with an injury but did well to stay in touch in the third set, missing his chances and experiencing a late break.
The Spaniard played better behind the second serve and tamed his rival to 7 out of 25 points, earning four break chances and converting them all! Alexander squandered all five break opportunities, finishing his campaign in the quarter-final but returning into the top-10.
They made a strong start, and Carlos grabbed the opening game after an extended rally and a backhand winner at the net.
Carlos Alcaraz beat Alexander Zverev in straight sets in New York.
Alexander responded with a booming serve in game two and held at 15 for 2-2 after Carlos' massive forehand error.
Alcaraz squandered game points at 3-3 and faced problems on serve for the first time. The Spaniard denied two break points and held after a drop shot for 4-3. Alcaraz created his first break chance in the eighth game and seized it with a deep return and a smash winner at the net that sent him 5-3 in front.
The young gun served for the set in game nine and held at love with a service winner to wrap up the opener in 49 minutes. Carlos served well in the second set, and Alexander failed to follow that pace. Alcaraz grabbed a break in the third game with a backhand crosscourt winner and held after a couple of deuces in the next one with a service winner for 3-1.
The Spaniard attacked in the seventh game and fired a forehand winner to clinch another break and open a 5-2 gap, serving for the set in the next one. Carlos held at 15 in game eight to wrap up the set and open two sets to love lead after an hour and a half.
Zverev took a medical timeout ahead of the third set and stayed in touch with his opponent. Carlos saved three break points in games two and four, playing well in the decisive moments and keeping his initial shot intact. Alexander served well and led 4-3, keeping the pressure on the other side.
However, Alcaraz broke him at 15 in the ninth game, opening a 5-4 advantage and serving for the victory. Carlos held at 15 in gam ten with a service winner to secure a place in the semi-final, moving two wins away from the title defense.
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