Carlos Alcaraz races into Roland Garros QF

Carlos Alcaraz notched his third Roland Garros quarter-final

by Jovica Ilic
Carlos Alcaraz races into Roland Garros QF
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The 3rd seed Carlos Alcaraz will compete in his third consecutive Roland Garros quarter-final. The Spaniard faced Felix Auger-Aliassime in the fourth round on Court Philippe-Chatrier and scored a rock-solid 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 triumph in two hours and 20 minutes.

Alcaraz is playing well in Paris after struggling with a right arm injury for nearly two months, and he will have to maintain that level against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarter-final. Carlos claimed 27 points more than Felix, outplaying him in every department and passing a formidable obstacle in style.

The Spaniard outplayed the Canadian on the first and second serve. Alcaraz clinched almost half of the return points and turned them into six breaks from 16 opportunities. Auger-Aliassime earned five break points and seized only one, ending his run in the fourth round.

World no. 3 controlled the pace and fired 34 winners and 24 unforced errors.

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Auger-Aliassime landed 14 direct points and 39 mistakes, missing too many groundstrokes and losing the edge in the shortest exchanges up to four strokes.

The Canadian fired a powerful forehand in the first game of the encounter, creating two break points. He painted a backhand down the line winner on the first, forging an early advantage. Felix missed a routine forehand in the second game, offering Carlos a break chance.

The Spaniard converted it after the rival's backhand mistake, pulling the break back and getting his name on the scoreboard. Alcaraz served well in the third game and closed it at love with a drop shot winner. World no. 3 pushed strong on the return, creating three break chances in game four.

Felix denied them and held after Carlos' backhand error, locking the result at 2-2 after 20 minutes. Alcaraz held at 30 in game five, and Auger-Aliassime followed that pace with a service winner in the next one.

Felix Auger-Aliassime & Carlos Alcaraz, Roland Garros 2024© Clive Brunskill / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Carlos Alcaraz is through to his third straight Roland Garros quarter-final.

The Canadian missed a backhand in the seventh game and experienced issues behind the initial shot in the next one.

Felix sprayed a backhand error, facing three break points. The Canadian denied them before facing the fourth after sending another backhand wide. The Spaniard attacked and landed a volley winner, delivering a break and opening a 5-3 advantage.

World no. 3 served for the opener in game nine and created a set point with a crafty half-volley winner. Alcaraz seized it with a service winner, forging a 6-3 advantage after 46 minutes and gaining a boost. Both players created four break chances in the second set.

The Spaniard played better in the decisive moments, securing a couple of breaks and moving closer to the finish line. Felix closed the opening game of the second set with a service winner, and Carlos locked the result at 1-1 after the rival's wild forehand.

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The Canadian produced another fine hold in the third game, firing a booming serve and moving 2-1 in front. The Spaniard placed a backhand wide in the fourth game, offering his rival a break chance.

Alcaraz denied it with a serve & volley combo before embracing a couple of deuces. The Spaniard finally held with a winner at the net, leveling the score at 2-2. Carlos created three break chances in the fifth game and cracked a perfect backhand down the line winner for a break and the advantage.

The Canadian received a medical timeout and earned three break points in the sixth game. Alcaraz denied them and wrapped up the game with a service winner that sent him 4-2 in front. Auger-Aliassime reduced the deficit with a hold in game seven before world no.

3 painted a forehand winner in the next one for 5-3, forcing his opponent to serve to stay in the set. Carlos landed a drop shot winner in game nine, generating three set points.

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The younger player seized the second with a backhand crosscourt winner, moving 6-3, 6-3 in front after an hour and 40 minutes.

Carried by this boost, Alcaraz barely lost a point behind the initial shot in the third set, keeping the pressure on the other side. Auger-Aliassime cracked under it, suffering back-to-back breaks and hitting the exit door.

The Spaniard held at 15 in the first game and came from 40-15 down in the next one to create a break chance. Carlos sprayed it with a backhand error but converted the second after Felix's forehand mistake, moving 2-0 up and closer to the finish line.

Alcaraz landed a forehand crosscourt winner in the third game, cementing the lead and opening a 3-0 advantage against the rival who did feel well physically. Carlos generated two break points in the fourth game, claiming the second after Felix's volley error and increasing the gap.

The Spaniard held at 15 in the fifth game, forcing the Canadian to serve to stay in the match. Auger-Aliassime avoided a bagel, reducing the deficit to 5-1 before Alcaraz sealed the deal with a volley winner in game seven, booking a place in the last eight.

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