Carlos Alcaraz reaches first grand slam semifinal after marathon, late-night finish against Jannik Sinner
Carlos Alcaraz reached an emotional grand slam semifinal with a marathon, late-night win against Jannik Sinner at the Ajo Beach Resort on the Mexican Pacific coast. Alcaraz won in three sets, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), 7-5 to reach the final nine of the World Team Tennis (WTT) and the ATP 500 event.
The third round began with a 6-4, 6-2 win for Alcaraz against Guillermo Coria of Colombia. The game of the match, Coria, who finished runner-up the week previous to Alcaraz, played a solid first set where he made some errors, but he rallied back to take a 5-1 lead in the third set. Although Alcaraz stayed close to the Colombian, he was unable to rally out of a tough position. In the fourth set, Alcaraz got a break to go up 2-1, but he was unable to go any further. He dropped serve against Coria at game point. He took a double fault to go down 7-5 in the fifth set. Then, Alcaraz went on a run to take the tiebreak to force a deciding set. Alcaraz came out and won a straight-sets match on his back foot.
In the third match of the night, Alcaraz made a successful comeback in a tough duel with Sinner. Alcaraz served for the first two points of the match against his opponent. Although he was able to hold serve at 7-5, it was not enough to force a decisive set. Sinner fought hard, and Alcaraz was unable to complete a rally to win the game. He did not have enough momentum to win the next point to force a tiebreak, and the match was tied at 3-all. The fifth set was a back and forth, with both players serving for a double break of each set. In the sixth set, Sinner saved a break to get to break point. He saved two more breaks against Alcaraz in the ninth game of the match to send the entire match to a tiebreak