Roland Garros: Carlos Alcaraz says goodbye in the quarterfinals against a refined Zverev


The German won 6-4, 6-4, 4-6 and 7-6 (7) in three hours and 18 minutes. The Spaniard, very uncertain in the first two sets, had to get the ball to fifth.

After the match, Zverev and Alkaraz congratulated each other.
After the match, Zverev and Alkaraz congratulated each other.Christoph ArchambaultAFP

An extraordinary down from a backhand return Alexander Zverev ended the passage of Carlos Alcarazu By Roland Garros, The stands gave a moving ovation to the Spanish player, who returned affection with applause. The world number three won 6-4, 6-4, 4-6 and 7-6 (7) in three hours and 18 minutes and will repeat in the semi-finals of the tournament, which she lost last year. Stephanos Tsitsipas, Alcaraz signaled a great comeback, finding his best game already two sets down. He won the third, went to the tiebreaker, got the ball into the fifth set, and even saved equal points for the rest, but lost the match with his serve. [Narracin y estadsticas]

Alcaraz had too many arguments to make for feeling like a favorite. Not in vain, he came after decisively defeating the German in the final in Madrid. Furthermore, he had gathered momentum in the tournament after an ineffectual match point against ramos-violas in the second round. This was the date between the two survivors, as Zverev was also A. had escaped equal points against Argentina baez In the same example, except for lifting two unfavorable sets. But the Spaniard had better consolidated his resurgence, with a clear victory against repeat You Khachanov,

This kind of precarious Alkaraj was not expected in the first two sets. From his excellent numbers with service, Zverev is not so determined. A Hamburg player, who double-faulted in the second option to avoid two sets to zero, took advantage of the third with a straight serve after his opponent wasted a ball to equalize five. There was a certain disillusionment in the stands, favored by a child who has taken little time to win the hearts of the French public.

Alcaraz, thin in first two sets

Pushed away from the bottom line by Zverev’s power, with serious difficulties when it came to downplaying his services in conditions, Alcaraz was thin, even wrong in his selection of shots. After reaching Paris with consecutive titles in Barcelona and Madrid, he achieved 14 consecutive victories. In his fourth appearance in the quarter-finals of the tournament, Zverev, double winner of the ATP Finals and a total of 19 titles behind him, lived up to his rank this time, unlike other occasions.

Nothing worked for the Alcaraz, except the leftists. He came off a crucial moment at 4-4 in the ninth game of the third set, saving a break ball with a forehand dropshot, much to the delight of many fans who chanted his name. It was the Spaniard who managed to break further and take a partial to start the comeback.

He escaped the guillotine again in the fourth, even worse, with Zverev working his way to the semi-finals, when Mercian surrendered his serve with a double fault in the ninth game. A forehand over the net, a long backhand and a winning comeback returned him to a game he never gave up.

He went in the most unexpected way, when everything was pointing at least towards the fifth set. Honor to Zverev, brilliant in several moments and then able to withstand the onslaught of his belligerent opponent. Also tribute to Alkaraz, who continues to challenge his elders.

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