Carlos Alcaraz endures Ugo Humbert test at Wimbledon

Carlos Alcaraz will play in his second straight Wimbledon quarter-final

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Carlos Alcaraz endures Ugo Humbert test at Wimbledon
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The defending champion Carlos Alcaraz is through to his second consecutive Wimbledon quarter-final. Carlos met Ugo Humbert in the fourth round on Centre Court and claimed a 6-3, 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 victory in three hours. Thus, the young Spaniard collected his ninth Major quarter-final and the sixth in a row since last year's Roland Garros.

Humbert achieved his best result at Majors since 2019. The Frenchman raised his level in the third set and had a chance to force a decider, only to experience a late break in set number four that propelled the Spaniard through.

Carlos forged two sets to love advantage before losing ground, allowing his opponent to break him three times in a row in the third set. The returners grabbed four out of the opening six games of the fourth set before Alcaraz survived a scare at 3-4.

World no. 3 shifted into a higher gear and rattled off 12 of the final 15 points, moving over the top with a late break on his tally.

Ugo Humbert, Wimbledon 2024© Clive Brunskill / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Carlos fired 14 aces but did not play well behind the initial shot after the second set.

The young gun dropped 41% of the points in his games and played against 13 break chances. Alcaraz denied eight and made the difference after converting six out of eight break opportunities, prevailing in the pivotal moments and avoiding another decider.

Carlos won four points more than Ugo, and they produced a similar number of winners and unforced errors. The Spaniard did not face a break point in the opening set. The Frenchman felt the pressure, giving serve away two times and propelling the favorite in front.

A left-hander closed the first game of the encounter with a forehand attack, and Carlos responded with a service winner in the next one for 1-1. Humbert forced Alcaraz's mistake for 2-1 before the Spaniard landed a service winner a few minutes later for 2-2.

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

Carlos Alcaraz bested Ugo Humbert in four sets at Wimbledon.

Carlos made a push on the return in game five, generating three break chances and seizing the second after Ugo's wild forehand.

Alcaraz held after deuces in the sixth game and served better the next time, forging a 5-3 advantage with a forehand down the line winner. Carlos created two set points on the return in game nine and seized the second after Ugo's error, wrapping up the opener 6-3 after 41 minutes.

World no. 3 survived a challenging service game in the middle of the second set and broke his rival in the closing stages for a massive advantage. Alcaraz held in the first game after a deuce and moved 2-1 up with a powerful serve two games later.

Humbert painted an ace in the fourth game for a fine hold and made a push on the return in the next one. The Frenchman created four break points, looking good to move in front.

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

He missed a routine forehand on the first, and the Spaniard defended the remaining three to get out of jail and wrap up the game after five deuces.

Ugo grabbed the sixth game at 15 and reached more deuces on the return in the next one. Carlos avoided break points and closed the game with a service winner. They served well in games eight and nine, and Humbert needed another reliable hold at 4-5.

Alcaraz saved the rival's game point and earned a set point with a forced error. The Spaniard defended superbly and welcomed a terrible volley from his opponent to grab a decisive break and open two sets to love advantage after an hour and 32 minutes.

Humbert made a fresh start in the third set and pushed Alcaraz to the limits on the return. Carlos squandered game points at 1-1 and landed a volley long, losing serve for the first time. World no. 3 sprayed a forehand error in the fifth game, falling 4-1 behind and serving to stay in the set at 1-5.

Ugo Humbert, Wimbledon 2024© Clive Brunskill / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Humbert took charge and created a set point after Alcaraz's poor forehand. Ugo painted a backhand down the line winner, delivering his third straight break and reducing the overall deficit after two hours and seven minutes.

Carlos played his worst set of the tournament and left it behind with a break at love in the first game of the fourth set. However, he still felt the pressure in his games, suffering a break at 15 in game two after Ugo's deep return.

The Frenchman could not ride on that wave, hitting a double fault in the third game and experiencing another break. After four terrible service games, Alcaraz landed a volley winner in game four, holding and opening a 3-1 advantage.

Ugo held at love in game five and pulled the break back in the next one after Carlos' loose backhand, locking the result at 3-3.

Carlos Alcaraz, Wimbledon 2024© Clive Brunskill / Staff - Getty Imges Sport

A left-hander held at 15 in the seventh game and made another push on the return.

Alcaraz hit a double fault and offered his rival three break points. Showing his clutch, the Spaniard denied them with winners and closed the game after the Frenchman's backhand error, remaining on the positive side and gathering a boost.

They served well in games nine and ten before Humbert cracked under pressure. Ugo sprayed a smash error in game 11 and got broken after Carlos' forehand winner landed on the line. The defending champion served for the win at 6-5 and created match points with a drop shot winner. Alcaraz fired an ace on the first, sealing the deal and moving into his second Wimbledon quarter-final at 21.

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