Rising Spanish star Carlos Alcaraz is gunning to win his second ATP title at the Winston-Salem Open this week. Alcaraz, seeded at No. 15, beat home favorite American Marcos Giron 7-6 (2) 6-2 to progress into the Winston-Salem Open semifinal.
“I thought that I’m able to win the tournament in the first round. I think I have the game, I’m playing really, really well,” Alcaraz said, per the ATP website. “I’m feeling really comfortable on court”.
Recently, Alcaraz captured his maiden ATP title on the clay courts of Umag. Alcaraz, 18, is one of the most promising players on the Tour and he is proving capable of playing good tennis on multiple surfaces.
Alcaraz plays Mikael Ymer next
Alcaraz clinched his maiden Grand Slam win at the Australian Open, before losing to Ymer in the second round.
The two are set to meet again on a hard court and Alcaraz is looking forward to the challenge. Alcaraz has noted that he is gunning for a revenge against Ymer. “I’m really happy to make my first ATP semi-final on hard court, really excited to play,” Alcaraz said.
“I played him once in Australia. He beat me… I think I’m ready and I’m hoping to be able to get the win. “Everybody knows he’s a great player, really tough but I’m ready for this battle.
I played him in Australia but I’m more ready than I was in Australia." Ymer surprised home favorite Frances Tiafoe 6-7 (2) 6-2 6-3 to reach the Winston-Salem semifinal. “I feel good. It’s fun playing a tournament again after a couple of weeks off training in Stockholm,” Ymer said.
“I think it was important today to stay composed. Frances is obviously very talented and can come up with great shots and good variety in his game. Staying composed and just waiting for an opening was a very important task today."