An inflexible Alcaraz is making a strong showing in the battle with Paul.

The player from Murcia made it to the Wimbledon semis after a great match that improved progressively. His next challenge will be against Medvedev for a spot in the big final.

Mónica Barberán Munera | 9 Jul 2024 | 19.55
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Carlos Alcaraz has his sights set on the Wimbledon 2024 title, and to achieve this goal, he continues to add significant victories. The player from Murcia is getting closer to the semifinals after defeating Tommy Paul in a major battle by 5-7 6-4 6-2 6-2. The Spanish comeback was a display of strength, composure, and grit, as he managed to keep the American at bay, who had been a formidable opponent. Paul demanded so much from Alcaraz in the early sets of the match that Carlos had no choice but to rely on his good feelings and ultimately raise his game against an opponent whose level dropped as the match progressed. Consequently, the player from Murcia continues his title defense and will now have to face the highly dangerous Daniil Medvedev who advanced after defeating Jannik Sinner.

The first set of the match did not disappoint at all, although it seemed that the Spaniard had started with a higher gear, enjoying multiple break points right from the start. The American managed to weather the storm, showcasing speed and maintaining a very high-paced and varied game. It was a fierce battle from the start. Alcaraz had numerous break opportunities, finally capitalizing on the sixth one with a great cross-court forehand winner. Carlos worked the points well, but he faced a Paul who reacted swiftly to level the score, causing a lot of discomfort with his returns and putting pressure on his opponent's second serves.

The match was highly competitive as Carlos struggled against the American's solidity, leading to uncharacteristic errors by the Spaniard. Paul was sharp in the rallies and aggressive, becoming an enduring challenge for Alcaraz, who eventually managed to save a crucial game albeit with uncertainties. Carlos seemed tense and made crucial mistakes, which allowed Paul to take the set with a spectacular passing shot at the net.

Carlos Revs Up the Engine

The Spaniard found himself quite uncomfortable facing a determined Paul who had answers for everything, regaining the lead at the start of the second set due to Carlos's accumulated tension. Alcaraz needed to rein in a fully confident Tommy, who was returning everything. Carlos managed to unsettle his opponent eventually, evening the match and changing the momentum slightly. Although he still faced difficulties in his service games, he started serving much better, a crucial improvement he needed in his game. Thus, Tommy's vulnerability surfaced, displaying his weakest form in the entire match and making errors that allowed Alcaraz to attack his second serves and seal the second set.

The toughness of the third set did not reflect in the scoreline as both players battled fiercely, exchanging breaks continuously. Carlos started with vigor, while the American seemed to be affected more by errors. Alcaraz didn't capitalize on all his chances but managed to win a lengthy and tough game that propelled him forward. Paul kept Alcaraz moving from side to side, but Carlos felt comfortable on the court, displaying better sensations, being more accurate in his returns, and closing the set confidently on his service games.

Although a fierce battle was unfolding, Alcaraz stepped up his game, becoming more aggressive in his returns and unleashing his forehand effectively. The American began to falter against an opponent who pressed hard from the baseline. Despite Tommy's persistence, Carlos was in his element, reaching every ball and moving excellently on the court. By refining his shots, Carlos quickly found himself with two breaks in his favor to secure a victory in a match that had started poorly. Raising his level, the Spaniard continues to dream. Next up, Medvedev.

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