Carlos Alcaraz edges Jannik Sinner, reaches Roland Garros final

Carlos Alcaraz will seek his third Major title at 21 on Sunday

by Jovica Ilic
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Carlos Alcaraz edges Jannik Sinner, reaches Roland Garros final
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World no. 3 Carlos Alcaraz will compete in his third Major final at 21! The Spaniard faced his great rival Jannik Sinner in the Roland Garros semi-final and notched a hard-fought 2-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 triumph in four hours and eight minutes, achieving his career-best result in Paris.

Carlos will face Casper Ruud or Alexander Zverev in the title clash on Sunday, seeking his third Major crown at a young age. Sinner built the advantage two times but failed to bring the victory home and extend his streak at Majors, struggling with his hip and shaking a left hand due to cramps.

He fought hard but lost a five-setter, becoming world no. 1 on Monday without a second Major title on his tally. Both players grabbed six breaks, and Alcaraz stepped in from set number four, serving well and breaking the resistance of the newly-crowned world no.

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Jannik Sinner, Roland Garros 2024© Clive Brunskill / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Carlos served at 81% in the opening set and drew nothing from that, getting broken three times and propelling his rival in front.

Jannik faced one break point, losing serve after building a massive advantage and making a reliable start. The Spaniard wasted two game points in the opening game of the encounter and netted a routine forehand to lose serve and experience an early setback.

The Italian painted a backhand down the line winner in game two, holding at love and cementing the advantage. Sinner landed another backhand winner in the third game, creating a break point and converting it after Alcaraz's wild forehand, moving 3-0 in front after 13 minutes.

World no. 2 landed a service winner in the fourth game, delivering another hold at love and extending the gap. Carlos added his name to the scoreboard with a service winner in game five and drew Jannik's backhand error in the next one, pulling one break back and reducing the deficit.

Carlos Alcaraz, Roland Garros 2024© Tim Goode / Stringer - Getty Images Sport

Carlos Alcaraz took down Jannik Sinner in five sets in Paris.

The Spaniard opened a 40-15 gap in the seventh game before losing ground, spraying a forehand error on a break point and sending the Italian 5-2 in front.

Sinner served for the opener in game eight and wasted two set points. He seized the third, taking the opener 6-2 in 40 minutes and gaining a boost. Carlos raised his level behind the initial shot in the second set, losing serve once in the early stages and stealing Jannik's serve two times to turn the tables and level the overall score.

Alcaraz missed a backhand in the first game and saved a break point with a service winner. However, he placed a backhand long on the second break chance, losing serve and finding himself a set and a break down. Sinner cemented the advantage with a forehand crosscourt winner in game two before hitting a double fault two games later, offering Alcaraz three break chances.

Jannik Sinner, Roland Garros 2024© Clive Brunskill / Staff - Getty Images Sport

The Spaniard converted the second with a forehand crosscourt winner, locking the result at 2-2 and gaining a boost. Carlos held at 30 in the fifth game with a forehand drive-volley winner and made another push on the return in the next one.

The Spaniard created a break chance with a volley winner and converted it after the Italian's forehand mistake, forging a 4-2 advantage. Alcaraz closed the seventh game after a deuce following Sinner's backhand error, extending the gap and forcing his rival to serve to stay in the set.

Jannik prolonged the battle with a backhand winner in game nine before Carlos wrapped up the set with a service winner in the next one, leveling the overall score at 1-1 after an hour and a half. The Italian struggled a bit physically in the third set, shaking his left hand but continuing without further issues.

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

He lost serve once from seven chances offered to the Spaniard and grabbed back-to-back breaks that sent him two sets to one in front and closer to the finish line.

Alcaraz cracked a backhand crosscourt winner in the third game, securing a break and extending his great run. However, Sinner broke back in the fourth game with a forehand crosscourt winner, leveling the score at 2-2 and facing the ultimate test in game five.

Newly-crowned world no. 1 faced four break points and denied them with fine hitting before holding with a service winner for a massive boost of confidence. Carlos could not leave those chances behind, playing against three break points in the sixth game and falling on the last with a return winner that propelled him in front.

The Italian cemented the advantage with a service winner in game seven, rattling off four games and forcing the Spaniard to serve to stay in the set.

Jannik Sinner, Roland Garros 2024© Tim Goode / Stringer - Getty Images Sport

Carlos held at 30 in game eight and extended the set before Jannik grabbed the next one at 15 following the rival's forehand mistake, moving two sets to one in front after two hours and 28 minutes.

Alcaraz held with an ace in the opening game of the fourth set, and Sinner responded with a service winner in the next one, holding at love and leveling the score at 1-1. Carlos closed the third game with a crafty half-volley winner, and Jannik followed that pace with a forced error in the next one for 2-2.

The Spaniard fired an ace in the fifth game, producing another comfortable hold and hoping for return chances. The Italian mirrored that with a smash winner a few minutes later, locking the result at 3-3 in no time. Alcaraz held at 15 in game seven, gathering energy from the crowd and sending the pressure back to the other side.

Sinner felt none of it, landing a service winner and holding at love for 4-4. Carlos clinched the ninth game after the rival's loose backhand, with Jannik serving to stay in the set at 4-5.

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

The Spaniard made one last push and welcomed the Italian's smash error in the fourth point.

Alcaraz drew Sinner's mistake for a set point and converted it with a backhand winner, sending the duel into a decider after three hours and 15 minutes. Carlos clinched the first game of the final set with a volley winner and created two break points in the next one.

World no. 3 grabbed the second with a forehand down the line winner, moving in front and closer to the finish line. The Spaniard landed a forehand winner in the third game and closed it with a drop shot winner, cementing the break and opening a 3-0 advantage.

Carlos served at 3-1 and closed the game after a couple of deuces, delivering his ninth consecutive hold without issues and moving closer to the finish line. Jannik held at love in the sixth game, remaining within one break deficit and reaching a deuce on the return in the next one with a smash winner.

Alcaraz stayed focused and fired two service winner, presenting his tenth consecutive hold in a row and moving 5-2 in front. Sinner served to stay in the match in game eight and closed it with a service winner for more action.

Carlos served for his third Major final at 5-3 and created a match point with a service winner. Jannik denied it with a forced error before facing the third match point after Carlos' service winner. The Spaniard squandered it with a wild forehand but landed another wild serve for another match point. He converted it after a forced error, booking a place in his third Major final.

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