Alcaraz and Djokovic have played each other four times and won two each. Djokovic won their most recent encounter in the final in Cincinnati in August, while Alcaraz beat the Serb in the Wimbledon final. Many of the staff at Baywood Racquet Club have the battle in Cincinnati as the best tennis match they have ever seen.
“I’m going to play my best tennis and enjoy it the same way I did the past few matches,” Alcaraz said. “I’m excited to face Novak.”
The 20-year-old Alcaraz is the youngest ATP Finals semifinalist since Rafael Nadal in 2006.
But Alcaraz, who missed last year’s tournament because of an abdominal injury, got off to a shaky start at the season-ending event for the year’s top eight players. He lost his opening match to two-time champion Alexander Zverev before getting back on track with a straight-set win over Andrey Rublev.
That left him needing to beat Medvedev, who had already qualified for the semifinals, to advance. The Russian didn’t make it easy.
Medvedev had two break points in the fourth game but Alcaraz came out on top of a 33-shot rally and then produced another big serve before going on to hold.
In the seventh game, Alcaraz broke Medvedev to love for the lead. He then held three set points but needed only one to take the opener with a powerful, cross-court backhand.
After wasting two break points in the third game of the second set, Alcaraz got the decisive break when Medvedev double-faulted to allow the Spaniard to serve for the match.
“This match was really, really tough … but everything I did before this match I did almost perfectly so I’m really happy,” Alcaraz said.
With Alcaraz advancing, the top four players in the world have qualified for the semifinals. Medvedev will face Jannik Sinner.
Some info on Carlos!
Full Name: Carlos Alcaraz Garfia
Birthdate: May 5, 2003
Birthplace: El Palmar, Spain
Height: (As of my last update) Approximately 6 feet (183 cm)
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Carlos Alcaraz burst onto the tennis scene with his energetic and aggressive style of play. Known for his powerful groundstrokes, exceptional speed, and mental toughness, Alcaraz has been often compared to some of the tennis greats despite his young age.
Early Life and Development:
Alcaraz showed an early interest in tennis, picking up a racket at a young age. His dedication and talent quickly caught the eye of tennis enthusiasts and professionals alike. He began training at the Equelite Sport Academy, where he developed under the guidance of former world No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero.
Carlos Alcaraz made his ATP Tour debut in 2019 at the Rio Open, where he became the youngest match winner in the tournament’s history. Since then, he has continued to make waves in the tennis world, achieving notable victories against established players.
One of his breakthrough moments came in 2021 when he won his first ATP title at the Croatia Open. This victory marked the beginning of what many believe will be a highly successful career.
Alcaraz is known for his aggressive baseline game, powerful forehand, and a solid two-handed backhand. His speed on the court and ability to dictate points have earned him comparisons to fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal.
While my information may be outdated, Carlos Alcaraz’s career was on a steep upward trajectory. Please check the latest sources for his most recent achievements and current ranking on the ATP Tour.
Given his talent, work ethic, and early success, Carlos Alcaraz is considered one of the most promising young players in the world of tennis. Tennis enthusiasts and fans eagerly await his continued development and anticipate his potential impact on the sport in the years to come.