Paris – 3rd seed Alexander Sverev defeated Carlos Alcaraz 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7) at the French Open to advance to the semifinals, beating Spain 19. Roland Carousel – The agile flow of an aged child.
Sverev, a 25-year-old German, broke Algarz’s brilliant comeback this quarter. Sverev, who was defeated by Alcaraz in the final of the Madrid Open ahead of the French Open, was a very consistent and determined player for almost three sets. “Allowing him to advance in the tournament and gaining confidence will be the hardest thing for me to come back to,” Sverev said.
But Alcaras, on the verge of a quick exit, boosted his game. As usual he was looking forward to the ball scores on the 6-foot-6 swerve red clay field as he created smooth drop shots, bold returns, reflective volleys and full cut forehand winners.
Alcaras, like first-class Novak Djokovic, is half a tennis player, half a gymnast. With a flurry of more brilliant and acrobatic tennis, the 6th seed Alcaras captured the third set. With another upsurge late in the fourth set, he broke Sverre’s serve as he served the match 5-4. This all-court fight, at this point, deserved a tiebreaker, and the two excelled under duress, but it was thwarted.
Alcross had a set point of 6-5 on the tiebreaker and failed to convert it when he made an unforced error with his backhand towards the top of the net. During the tiebreaker Sverev missed a backward chance at his first match point.
It was now 7-7 and the slogans “Carlos, Carlos” kept getting louder. But Sverev, with the crowd against him and the run against him, melted himself and ended the match by winning the next two points. He ended the victory with a brave backhand return winner that could not be approached by Alcaraz, one of the fastest players in tennis.
“It’s one of my favorite shots, and it’s true,” Sverev said with a smile at his post-match press conference, as he began to raise both hands in triumph.
“I’ve done it a lot in my life,” he said of his backhand return success. “But I had to win the match myself. I felt like I was going to miss a country mile or hit a winner, and I hit a winner, and I’m very happy with that.”
Alcaras has played in just four more Grand Slam tournaments, in the middle of a turning point.
“I’m leaving the court, leaving the competition too high,” he said. “I fight until the last ball. I fought till the last moment of the match and I am proud of that. ”
But the best five-set design is another kind of challenge, rather than the best three-set variants played on a regular tour. For now, the best results for Algiers’ majors are the US Open last year and now the quarterfinals in Paris.
“I did not start well. In this situation, in a Grand Slam quarterfinal, you play against the best players in the world, so you have to start the tournament better than I did today,” Alcross said. “I have to take a lesson. I mean, I have to advance to the next Grand Slam or the next tournament. But I would say that is not far off from winning the semifinals or the Grand Slam.
Sverev, a semi-finalist at Roland Garros last year, made it clear on Tuesday that there were chances against him in light of Algaras’ latest results. Alcஸ்raz won the Barcelona and Madrid titles again on red clay and started rolling back to Roland Carros after saving a match point against his Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the second round.
“I knew from the beginning that I wanted to play my best tennis today and I’m glad I did,” Sverrev said. “Obviously he’s back. He’s an incredible player. I told him on the web, he’s going to win this match not just once, a lot of times, and I hope I can win it before he starts beating us all, and we have no chance.
Sverev, despite his outstanding performance (and clear relief) on Tuesday, is still a long way from winning his first Grand Slam singles title. In the semifinals, he will face the winner of the second match on Tuesday: a one-night session between Djokovic and fifth-seeded Rafael Nadal, who has set a record 13 times at the French Open.
“It’s not really easy from here,” Sverev said more happily. “But I said a lot of times, I’m not 20 or 21; I’m 25. I’m at the point where I want to succeed, I’m at the point where I need to succeed.