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Wimbledon: Semi-final duel between Sinner and Alcaraz draws closer

Wimbledon: Semi-final duel between Sinner and Alcaraz draws closer
Wimbledon: Semi-final duel between Sinner and Alcaraz draws closer

Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner are among the top favorites at Wimbledon. Both remain in the race for the title by reaching the quarterfinals.

The exciting Wimbledon semi-final between defending champion Carlos Alcaraz and Australian Open champion Jannik Sinner is getting closer. The two title candidates have advanced to the quarter-finals of the world’s most important grass tennis tournament and are now only one win away from a direct duel.

Last year’s champion Alcaraz had more problems in his round of 16 match in London. After losing the next set, the Spaniard held his own in an entertaining match against a strong Frenchman Ugo Humbert with 6:3, 6:4, 1:6, 7:5. World number one Sinner stopped the winning streak of American Ben Shelton and won 6:2, 6:4, 7:6 (11:9).

Alcaraz is in the round of the best eight at Wimbledon for only the second time and is one step closer to defending his title. “I felt great today, I think I played at a really high level,” said Alcaraz, who triumphed in the final against Serbian top star Novak Djokovic a year ago.

Wimbledon: Alcaraz lands on his bottom and wins the point

Under the closed roof of the hall in once again rainy London, left-hander Humbert challenged the Spaniard with his active game. In the meantime, the Spanish number three in the world suffered four consecutive serve losses. It was only after almost three hours that Alcaraz secured the quarter-finals with a win against the 2021 Halle winner.

The point that secured Alcaraz the second set caused a strange scene: In the middle of the rally, he landed on the grass, but quickly picked himself up and won the point in the end. “Unbelievable,” he would probably have said himself if he had had to comment on the point, said Alcaraz.

To reach the semifinals, Alcaraz must beat the American Tommy Paul or his Spanish compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut in the round of the best eight. Sinner will face the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov or the Russian former US Open winner Daniil Medvedev.

On another rainy day at Wimbledon, the matches on the outdoor courts once again began significantly late and were interrupted again after a short time. By the afternoon, only two doubles matches had been completed on the uncovered courts.

Source: Stern

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