The match between Carlos Alcaraz and Alexander Zverev was the one to watch since it was primarily a match between a young teenage sensation, who has been in top-notch form and waded through the likes of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in a single run.
And on the other hand, Alexander Zverev had been quite underrated before the match even started. He was quickly dismissed and everyone expected him to lose. However, one does not become a World Number 3 just like that.
Zverev remained rock solid and defeated an unstable Carlos to remind everyone that he could still compete at the top level. On a cold Paris evening, he removed the hype surrounding Carlos Alcaraz and won the quarterfinals tie by a 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(6) to reach the semi-finals.
Erratic and Confused Carlos Loses loses out the quarterfinals against Alexander Zverev
Even though Carlos started out the match with high octane, Alexander did not take long to expose his flawed timing.
The high number of unforced errors made due to forehand and backhand did not help his case either.
On the other hand, Alexander Zverev was quite a bit consistent and he was able to soak up whatever the young Spaniard threw at him.
Alexander himself did not concede any unforced error for two and a half sets. His serves were crisp and he pressed only when needed.
The main point which made a difference in the outcome of the game was the defence of Alexander Zverev, because of which he could force the errors on Carlos. In the post-match interview, he said,
“I knew I had to play my absolute best tennis from the start,” said Zverev.
“He is an incredible player and I told him at the net he will win this tournament many times, not just once.”
“I hope I can win it once before he does – and starts beating us all.”
“I had to stay calm throughout the whole match, even though I feel like I left chances in the third set behind,”
Alexander Zverev achieved a top 10 victory in a grand slam tournament for the first time in five years with this win against Carlos Alcaraz.
Zverev has also reached his second consecutive semi-finals at the French Open, and has good chances of becoming the World Number 1 since Novak Djokovic’s points will be falling the next month during the Wimbledon.