World no. 2 Carlos Alcaraz passed the ATP Finals round-robin stage in style, beating world no. 3 Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-4 in the final match. The Spaniard sealed the deal in an hour and 20 minutes, delivering his second victory in Turin and setting a thrilling semi-final clash versus world no.
1 Novak Djokovic. Carlos defended both break points and kept the pressure on the other side. He stole Medvedev's serve once in each set to control the pace and move into the last four together with the Russian. Medvedev held at 15 in the encounter's first game, and Alcaraz leveled the score at 1-1 with a booming serve in the next one.
Daniil played better on the return in the fourth game, forcing Carlos' mistake and creating two break chances. The young gun denied them with booming serves and held to remain on the positive side.
Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic will battle on Saturday in Turin.
The Russian struggled behind the initial shot in the seventh game, facing three break points and losing serve on the first after the Spaniard's return down the line winner.
Carlos cemented the lead with a hold at 30 in game eight, moving 5-3 up and serving for the set in game ten. Alcaraz fired a backhand crosscourt winner, holding at 15 and securing the opener 6-4 in 39 minutes. Medvedev lost the ground on serve at 1-1 in the the second set's third game, defending them and holding to remain on the positive side.
Alcaraz left those chances behind and held at love in the fourth game, locking the result at 2-2. The former champion fired an ace in the fifth game for a hold at love, and the debutant secured the next one with a smash winner at the net for 3-3.
Daniil grabbed the seventh game with a powerful serve, and Carlos held at 30 a few minutes later to follow that pace and send the pressure to the other side. The Russian played a terrible forehand drive-volley in the ninth game, falling 40-15 behind and offering the Spaniard two break points.
Carlos seized the second after Daniil's double fault, moving 5-4 in front and serving for the victory. The 20-year-old held at love in game ten, emerging at the top in style and setting the semi-final clash with Novak Djokovic.