Carlos Alcaraz sets the Jannik Sinner Roland Garros blockbuster!

Carlos Alcaraz beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarter-final

by Jovica Ilic
Carlos Alcaraz sets the Jannik Sinner Roland Garros blockbuster!
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Carlos Alcaraz will compete in his second consecutive Roland Garros semi-final! The young Spaniard faced the former finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarter-final and notched a rock-solid 6-3, 7-6, 6-4 victory in two hours and 15 minutes on Court Philippe-Chatrier.

Thus, Alcaraz has advanced to his fifth semi-final from the previous six Majors he has entered, remaining on the course toward his third Major title. Carlos will meet the newly-crowned world no. 1 Jannik Sinner in Friday's semi-final, setting a blockbuster duel against his great rival.

The Spaniard and the Greek met for the sixth time, and Alcaraz remained an unsolved riddle for the more experienced opponent. Carlos made a reliable start and wasted the advantage in the second set before closing it in the tie break.

The young gun broke his rival in the seventh game of the third set, building the crucial advantage and moving over the top in style.

Carlos Alcaraz & Stefanos Tsitsipas, Roland Garros 2024© Clive Brunskill / Staff - Getty Images Sport

The Spaniard served at 73% and produced steady numbers behind the first and second serve, taking 74% of the points behind each!

Alcaraz dropped 22 points behind the initial shot and got broken once from two chances offered to Tsitsipas. The Greek needed more to achieve a more favorable result, losing 40% of the points in his games and suffering four breaks from six chances presented to the Spaniard.

Carlos landed 27 winners and 21 unforced errors, feeling no issues with his right hand and welcoming 33 unforced mistakes from Stefanos, often in pivotal moments. Alcaraz played better in the shortest and mid-range exchanges, building the advantage in those areas and taking 20 points more than Tsitsipas.

The Greek netted a routine backhand in the opening game of the match and offered the Spaniard a break chance. Carlos painted a forehand down the line winner, notching an early break and gaining confidence.

Carlos Alcaraz, Roland Garros 2024© Dan Istitene / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Carlos Alcaraz defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets at Roland Garros.

The young gun cemented the advantage with a hold at love in game two, landing a drop shot winner and moving 2-0 in front.

Tsitsipas closed the third game with an unreturned serve, getting his name on the scoreboard. Alcaraz grabbed the fourth game with a powerful serve before his rival added a volley winner at the net in the next one, remaining within one break deficit.

Feeling no pressure behind the initial shot, Carlos clinched the sixth game at 15 with a service winner and mirrored that two games later for 5-3, forcing Stefanos to serve to stay in the set. The Spaniard attacked and created set points with a forehand crosscourt winner.

World no. 3 seized the second after his rival's loose drop shot attempt, claiming the opener 6-3 after 31 minutes and gaining a boost. Alcaraz embraced a touchy serve & volley combo at the beginning of the second set and made another push on the return in the next one.

Carlos Alcaraz, Roland Garros 2024© Clive Brunskill / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Tsitsipas played a terrible forehand in the second game and faced two break points. He sent a backhand wide on the first, losing serve and finding himself a set and a break down.

Carlos secured the third game with a service winner, dominating the opening 40 minutes of the encounter. Stefanos secured the fourth game after a deuce and stood powerless on the return in the next one, allowing Carlos to bring it home with a service winner and forge a 4-1 advantage.

The Greek served well in game six and made his first push on the return in the next one, almost an hour since the beginning of the duel. Tsitsipas passed Alcaraz with a forehand winner and generated two break points. Stefanos seized the second, returning to the positive side and defended a break point in the next one to level the score at 4-4 and boost his chances.

The Greek forced the Spaniard's mistake in the tenth game, holding and prolonging the action. Stefanos notched another fine hold in the 12th game, introducing a tie break.

Stefanos Tsitsipas & Carlos Alcaraz, Roland Garros 2024© Clive Mason / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Alcaraz moved 2-1 in front and played well on serve in the next two points for 4-1.

Stefanos netted a forehand and found himself 5-1 behind before reducing the deficit to 5-3. Carlos painted a forehand down the line winner for three set points and seized the first after Stefanos' loose drop shot attempt, opening two sets to love advantage after an hour and a half.

They served well in the first half of the third set, reaching 3-3 and staying neck and neck. Alcaraz created a break chance in the seventh game after Tsitsipas' backhand error and converted it after the rival's costly double fault.

World no. 3 cracked a backhand down the line winner in the eighth game for 5-3 and served for the victory in game ten. The Spaniard had to wait for the Mexican wave and dropped the opening two points. He recovered and created a match point with a service winner. Alcaraz converted it with a drop shot winner, sealing the deal and moving into the last four.

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