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Alexander Zverev outlasts Carlos Alcaraz to advance to Roland-Garros 2022 semi-finals


Germany’s third seed Alexander Zverev capitalized on an error-filled performance from Carlos Alcaraz to tame the top-flight Spanish teenager 6-4 6-4 4-6 7-6(7) on Tuesday and reach a second consecutive semi-final at the French Open.
It was the first time the 25-year-old Zverev had beaten a top-10 opponent at a Grand Slam in 12 attempts and his victory came against a player who entered the contest having won 14 consecutive matches.

Zverev, who lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the 2021 semi-final, had a 2-1 lead against Alcaraz but his opponent had won their last meeting – the only one on clay – this month in the final. of the Madrid ATP Masters.

Alcaraz committed 56 unforced errors as Zverev saved a set point in the fourth-set tiebreaker before converting his second match point to set up a meeting against world number one Novak Djokovic or the 13-time Roland champion -Garros Rafa Nadal.

“At the end of the day, I knew I absolutely had to play my best tennis today right from the start,” a beaming Zverev said on the court. “He kept coming back.

“He’s going to win this tournament many times, not just once. I hope I can win it before he starts beating us all and I have no chance.”

On a sun-drenched Philippe Chatrier court, Zverev brought his best form to the game, serving hard and staying solid in the rallies against his athletic opponent who chased almost anything that came his way from the net.
But Alcaraz seemed too eager to prevail early in the game and that resulted in a string of unforced errors from the young Spaniard.

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A few errors from Alcaraz in game five opened the door for Zverev and he surged to get the first break, which was enough for him to win the first set.

Alcaraz, bubbling with energy and with most of the raucous crowd at his side, grew increasingly frustrated, throwing up his hands and mumbling to himself, but he couldn’t find a way to rein in his unforced errors.

He committed 16 in each of the first two sets and a break in the seventh game of the second gave the German the advantage which he turned into a 2-0 lead in the match.

Alcaraz’s fearless attitude paid off in the third set when he activated his magic to break Zverev’s delivery in the 10th game and gain a foothold in the game.

As Alcaraz’s response gathered momentum, Zverev remained calm on his service games and, with a superb backhand down the line on the run and a double fault from Alcaraz, the German took the lead. .

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The Spaniard would not go down without a fight, however, and with Zverev serving for the match, Alcaraz converted a break point with a backhand winner to recover the set on serve and get the crowd back on their feet.

Zverev saved a set point and then converted his second match point with a jaw-dropping return of serve, letting out a huge roar after claiming victory after three hours and 18 minutes.

“For me, obviously, when it’s shady and much slower, it’s not perfect for me,” Zverev added. “I haven’t been broken once when the weather was nice. The match was going its way, I’m extremely happy to have won the tie-break.”

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