Tennis News • Alcaraz defeats Tsitsipas again, joins de Minaur, Schwartzman and Carreno Busta in semis

Carlos Alcaraz has qualified for the Barcelona semi-finals. EPA-EFE/JASON O’BRIEN

By Ricky Dimon

Everyone at Barcelona’s Open Banc Sabadell did double duty on Saturday due to rain earlier in the week.

Carlos Alcaraz tripled his success against Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Alcaraz moved to 3-0 for life in the head-to-head series by beating the Greek 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 in the quarter-finals in Barcelona. The Spaniard won previous clashes at the US Open 2020 (in five sets) and the Miami Masters a few weeks ago (7-5, 6-3).

“(It was) probably my biggest win on clay,” Alcaraz said afterwards. “It was amazing; amazing game i played; incredible atmosphere that I experienced today on the court. It was amazing everything. The atmosphere here, the public, the level at which I played, the level of the match. It was amazing.

“I think I beat the (tournament) favourite,” added the 18-year-old. “I’m playing at an incredible level and I think I’m ready to win the title.”

Alcaraz has every reason to be confident. The current world No. 11 won the biggest title of his career in Miami, already has a 500-level clay title under his belt (Rio de Janeiro in February), and he is more rested than some other competitors in Barcelona after losing early. in Monte Carlo. Alcaraz will crack the top 10 for the first time on Monday even if it does not advance further this week.


Alex de Minaur is next to stand in the way of Alcaraz, while Diego Schwartzman and Pablo Carreno Busta are potential final opponents. De Minaur beat Lloyd Harris and Cameron Norrie on Friday. Schwartzman beat Lorenzo Musetti and Felix Auger-Aliassime, while Carreno Busta beat Lorenzo Sonego and then saved three match points in a quarter-final thriller against No. 2 seed Casper Ruud.

Saturday marks the very first meeting between Alcaraz and de Minaur.

Ricky contributes to and also runs its own tennis website, The Grandstand. You can follow him on Twitter at @Dimonator.

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