Carlos Alcaraz Set to Clash with Jannik Sinner in Roland Garros Semis 2024 after Victory over Tsitsipas

“Excitement is building as Carlos Alcaraz advances to the Roland Garros semifinals after a commanding performance against Stefanos Tsitsipas.

With a flawless record of 6-0 against the Greek, Alcaraz displayed his dominance on the clay courts, securing a 6-3, 7-6 (3), 6-4 victory in Tuesday’s thrilling night session.

Carlos Alcaraz Set to Clash with Jannik Sinner in Roland Garros Semis 2024 after Victory over Tsitsipas
Alcaraz, who lost to Novak Djokovic in the final four, matched his performance from 2023. © Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved

Carlos Alcaraz, who defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas to retain his spotless record, has now advanced to the semifinals at Roland Garros alongside Jannik Sinner. In the night session on Tuesday, Alcaraz triumphed 6-3, 7-6 (3), 6-4 over the No. 9 seed.

The two-time major champion ended the first set with a second break after the Greek player’s dropshot effort hit the net. The first set was broken by the player with a down-the-line forehand winner.

Tsitsipas committed four unforced errors in a row, including two consecutive overhead misses, which gave Alcaraz a 2-0 lead in set two. The third-seeded player persisted in manipulating the percentages on his serve, effectively utilizing the kick to avoid a break point until behind 15-40, leading 4-2.

Tsitsipas used this opportunity to come back on serve, and his forehand proved to be crucial in deciding the set and sending it to a tie-break. Alcaraz scored the next four points, starting at 1-1, and Tsitsipas protested to chair umpire Aurelie Tourte that Alcaraz’s grunt was making it harder for him to make shots.

During the set break, the 2021 runner-up persisted in complaining to Tourte about his opponent, but to no avail. Tsitsipas double-failed on the opening break point of the third set after six holds to begin. Alcaraz effectively served out the match from 0-30 three games later.

Sinner defeated Grigor Dimitrov earlier, winning 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (3). Due to Novak Djokovic’s knee injury withdrawal prior to his quarterfinal, the Italian will make history on Monday by being the first person from his country to rank #1 in the ATP rankings.

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Alcaraz and Sinner were the first guys born in the 2000s to achieve 50 career Grand Slam victories. In the last six majors he has entered, the 21-year-old has now reached the semifinals or higher five times.

Both arrived in the French city with dubious reputations: Alcaraz only participated in one clay-court competition in Europe after battling a right arm ailment. A right hip problem sidelined Sinner, forcing him to abandon his home event in Rome and end his Madrid campaign.

Before their third separate Grand Slam clash, each of the two competitors in Alcaraz and Sinner’s developing rivalry had won four matches. Before Alcaraz rescued a match point to win their 2022 US Open quarterfinal, Sinner won their 2022 Wimbledon encounter.

Their only other clay-court match took place two seasons prior, at the Umag final, where Sinner emerged victorious. Alcaraz told the journalists, “I think facing Jannik is the hardest thing.” However, I really adore that. These are my favorite matches. I enjoy taking on challenges of this nature, where I have to fight him really hard.”

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