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Carlos Alcaraz defeated Sinner in 5 sets and advanced to his first Roland Garros final

Carlos Alcaraz defeated Sinner in 5 sets and advanced to his first Roland Garros final

Carlos Alcarazone step away from his first Roland Garros: The Spanish tennis player won the fight among the main stars of the new generation against the Italian Jannik Sinnerin a semifinal this Friday that was decided in five sets, for 2-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 and 6-3.

In Sunday’s final, the world number 3 will aspire to lift his first “Musketeers Cup” against the winner of the second semi-final, which will also be played this Friday by the German Alexander Zverev (4th) and the Norwegian Casper Ruud (7th).

“Today was one of the toughest matches I have played. The toughest I have played in my still short career with Jannik, against whom I hope to play many more”declared Alcaraz at the end of the match. “There are times when you have to find joy in suffering”he sentenced.

Alcarazchampion of US Open 2022 and of Wimbledon 2023you can add a third title of the grand slam to his record, to his barely 21 years.

But not any grand slambut a Roland Garros traditionally associated with the great feats of Spanish tennis, where his idol Rafael Nadal He built his legend with 14 titles or where his coach Juan Carlos Ferrerowho followed the match on a sunny day in one of the Philippe Chatrier boxes, was crowned in 2003.

The summary of Alcaraz vs Sinner:

Last year they had fallen in the semifinals against the future champion Novak Djokovicbut this time he managed to overcome that ceiling in a tournament to which he arrived as a great unknown after having barely been able to play in the European season on clay due to an injury to his right forearm, which he maintains with a special bandage during all his matches in the French capital.

For its part, Sinner22 years old [cumplirá 23 años en agosto]could not emulate his compatriot Jasmine Paoliniwho on Saturday will play the women’s final against the world number 1, the Polish Iga Swiatek.

Italian tennis will have to continue waiting to be crowned in the men’s tournament Roland Garrossomething that only two of its representatives achieved in the past, the last of them Adriano Panatta in the distant 1976.

TO Sinneryes, you will have the consolation of leaving Roland Garros as the new world number 1, after a great first half of the year, in which he especially won the titles in the Australian Open and the Miami Masters 1000.

In Roland Garros He had never come this far and especially progressed compared to his performance last year, when he remained in the second round.

The start of the game was brilliant for Sinner, which in the blink of an eye was already on track, with a 4-0. Despite an attempted reaction from Alcarazthe Italian ended up taking the set with a calm 6-2.

In the second everything seemed to follow the same script and Sinner distanced themselves 2-0, with another ‘break’ at the start, but there was a turning point and Alcaraz He began to grow in the face of adversity. In an attack of pride he chained four games in a row and took control of a set that he ended up taking 6-3.

In the third, the Murcian distanced himself 2-1 by breaking his rival’s serve, but Sinner He managed to come back and, with two breaks and maintaining his serve, he won 6-3 a set in which the Italian seemed to have discomfort in his left arm and legs, which is why he required the attention of the physiotherapist three times.

If until then both had been unstable with their serve, in the fourth set both were winning with their serve, until at 5-4 Alcaraz He achieved a break to make it 6-4 and thus force the fifth set.

There the Spaniard soon stood out 3-0. Each one maintained his serve from then on and Alcaraz He sealed his victory with 6-3, after 4 hours and 9 minutes of exciting battle against one of his best friends on the circuit.

Source: Ambito

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