Alcaraz defeats Medvedev and meets Djokovic in the semifinals of the ATP Finals
The Spanish Carlos Alcaraz was imposed this Friday in two sets against the Russian Daniil Medvedev in the ATP Finals in Turinwith a score of double 6-4 which helped them reach the semifinals as first in the group. The current 'Maestro' and world number one, the Serbian, will be measured Novak Djokovic.
Alcaraz appeared at the Alpitour Shovel knowing that a victory would offer him the direct access to the semi-finals in his first participation in this prestigious tournament. The one from El Palmar frustrated the full victory of a Medvedev which has a moment of splendid form.
The Russian, a rival already classified but always complicated, especially with the powerful serve that on such a fast track, he could make the match difficult for Alcaraz. But the two wins (Indian Wells and Wimbledon) in the three confrontations this season they comforted the Spaniard after his hesitant start on the Italian blue court.
Was a equal duelnot especially vibrant, due to the classification already achieved by the Russian. None failed, but none were comfortable at the start. HE they alternated dominance in sections, but it was Alcaraz who, deservedly, raised his fist the most times and who shouted to celebrate the first challenge.
Medvedev started with double fault the game, and it ended like that. However, he put the Murcian on the ropes in the third game, when he enjoyed two break balls to which 'Carlitos' had to respond. The Iberian hit powerful forehands from the bottom to maintain serve and tie the score at two.
That was the first moment in which 'Charlie'it looked good. In the next one when she felt superior she signed the break of service to the Russian to make it 4-3 after a perfect blank game. confirmedwith quite difficulty, the 'break' with his serve (5-3) getting a set back on track that closed with authority. He held a clenched fist high and looked at the bench, yelling “Let's go!”
The victory was not without suffering for the Spaniard, because during the match his russian opponent gave signs of being at a level soaringwith some unstoppable blows for the feel of the circuit.
They both held on with their serves. The Muscovite reigned as always from the baseline, with numerous direct hits on the first serve that found no response. But Alcaraz managed to refute him with his own.
But ironically, it was a Medvedev double faultlike the one at the start of the game, the one ended the game. The Russian lost his serve due to the solidity of Alcarazwho did not miss the opportunity and he sealed the 'break' with his serveleaving the match seen for sentencing.
He shouted and celebrated again with his fist raised. 'Charly' now It's in semi-finals as first in groupso he will face the Serbian Novak Djokovic in a spectacular duel to be in the final. Medvedev will face the Italian Jannik Sinner.
At a press conference, he did not hide his ambition to win the tournament.
Well, it's only two games but, at the same time, it's too far away. I have Novak in the semi-final. If I win that match, I will have a very tough final. I dream of winning this tournament. Why not?
He insisted on the difficulty that the match against current world number one.
I think against someone like Novak, you have to stay mentally strong and deal with the pressure he puts on you on every ball, on every point. I think I learned a lot about it and I'm ready to face it tomorrow
He concluded by commenting that he has returned to find your level from the beginning of the yearand learned from his mistakes in the difficult period he recently experienced.
I feel like I'm playing at the same level I've been playing the first part of the year. I spoke to Juan Carlos Ferrero (coach) after the first match (Zverev) about giving everything I have in this tournament. It is the last tournament of the year. It's time to give my 100%, my everything in these games.
(With information from EFE)
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