Alcaraz Advances to US Open Semi-Finals After Defeating Zverev
In a remarkable display of skill and determination, Carlos Alcaraz secured his spot in the US Open semi-finals with a convincing victory over Alexander Zverev. Despite a few hiccups along the way, the young Spanish sensation showcased his prowess on the court, setting the stage for a thrilling showdown against Daniil Medvedev.
On a night where Alcaraz wasn’t at his absolute best, he managed to outshine Zverev, winning in straight sets 6-3, 6-2, 6-4. The match lasted a brisk two-and-a-half hours, during which Alcaraz’s first-serve percentage wavered around 50%. However, what truly set him apart was his impeccable performance in critical moments, converting all four of his break points while successfully defending against all five that he faced.
The victory now paves the way for a highly anticipated semi-final clash between Carlos Alcaraz and third-seeded Daniil Medvedev, a meeting of the last two US Open champions.
“I’m feeling really comfortable playing on this court, playing in New York,” expressed Alcaraz, who aims to become the first back-to-back men’s champion at Flushing Meadows since Roger Federer’s incredible five-year run from 2004 to 2008. “I’m feeling great physically. I’m feeling strong enough mentally. I think I’m ready to play a great battle against Medvedev in the semi-final.”
Zverev, the 12th seed, had put up a valiant effort in the previous round, battling for more than four-and-a-half hours against Jannik Sinner. However, his resilience was tested again in this quarter-final match against Alcaraz. Despite earning break points early on, Zverev couldn’t capitalize, and Alcaraz seized the opportunity to take control of the match.
During the second set, Zverev suffered an injury to his hamstring glute, which significantly hampered his mobility and serve. This setback proved to be pivotal, as Zverev struggled to maintain his serve speed and accuracy. Despite a medical timeout, he couldn’t regain his earlier form, and Alcaraz ultimately emerged victorious.
This year has been a remarkable one for Carlos Alcaraz, who became the youngest ever No. 1 seed in a US Open men’s draw and secured his first major title last year in New York. He has consistently impressed, boasting a tour-best record of 57 wins out of 63 matches this season and clinching six additional titles, including a second major championship at Wimbledon.
Looking ahead, Alcaraz appears to have matured both as a player and as an individual since his breakthrough last year. He is no stranger to the grand slam semi-finals, and his growth in handling pressure is evident. Alcaraz’s record at grand slams since the start of last year’s US Open stands at an impressive 24 wins with just one defeat.