And 1, 2 and 3 defeats in so many matches for Stefanos Tsitsipas against Carlos Alcaraz. After their depressing battle at the US Open 2021, then a clear victory for the Spaniard in Miami a few weeks ago, Alcaraz needed three sets this time to beat the Greek, but he was the one who flew very often in the match (6-4, 5- 7, 6-2). His 2:11 victory allows him to reach the semi-finals in Barcelona for the first time, where he will face Australian Alex De Minaur.
Alcaraz is located at high altitudes. The Spaniard defeated at the beginning of Monte Carlo approached the first title in Catalonia and, in addition to a large air hole in the second set, gave a recital against the number 5, which he definitely liked to upset. In front of an audience dedicated to his cause, he enjoyed the game, despite himself being able to close at lightning speed. In the first set, where the servants first established the law, it was he who accelerated first to punish and break Tsitsipase 4: 4, who was initially remarkably quiet given the course of the match.
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He threw the first round in his pocket very easily when throwing in, especially by continuing his festival of delicious drop shots. Then he started a breathtaking series, in which his five-year-old child looked like a child, chaining beautiful blows, leading to 2: 1 before getting into the second break of the lead against a dumb opponent, and no way to thwart the protégé of Juan Carlos Ferrero. Which inexplicably shot him in the leg.
While nothing seemed to upset him at 4: 1, he began to chain errors and saw his opponent gradually return to the score. The offer for Tsitsipas, who tightened the game, turned out to be more solid and eventually returned from the devil Vauvert. After regaining his sharp backhand, he took the final serve from his opponent to indulge in the third set. Where he could not exist.
In the end, he let go of his frustration and attacked the referee in particular, while Alcaraz, again reluctantly, again depressed the accelerator pedal to confirm, this time a double break, and led 4: 0. However, on the field in the name of his famous compatriot at 21 grand slams, he caused public shocks when he recognized two breakballs at 4: 1. Except that this time the 18-year-old kept in front of a delighted audience that sang to his glory before finishing his work. Now guaranteed to enter the top 10, they will also try to win a third title this season. The Australian hurdle that awaits her will even have to be crossed by half.
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