Spanish tennis player Carlos Alcaraz defeated Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic 6-4, 7-6(0) after 1h56 minutes of play in the Rio Open quarterfinals. The world number 2 will face Sebastián Báez or Nicolás Jarry in the semifinals.
Carlos Alcaraz he left behind a massive 2022 where he produced the best results of his career to become world number one. The Spaniard became the champion last season ATP Rio de Janeiro, Miami, Barcelona, Madrid and US Open. In addition, he played in the final Hamburg and Umagand the semi-finals Indian Wells and Basel. After an injury that prevented him from starting the year Australian Opendecided to start Buenos Aires, gets the title. In Rio, he hit Mateus Alves and Fabio Fognini.
Dusan Lajovic He left 2022 behind with results that allowed him to remain in the Top 100 of the world rankings. His best result was getting the title A contender for Maspalomas. In addition, he reached the semi-finals in Montechiarugolo and Genoa. In addition, he reached the quarterfinals Kitzbühel, Salzburg and Parma. His season started with a loss Auckland and the Australian Openwhen he made another round Córdoba and enter the rooms Buenos Aires. In Rio he won Diego Schwartzman and Laslo Djere.
Carlos Alcaraz and Dusan Lajovic met in the quarterfinals River open.
The start of the match was even, with both holding serve and without critical moments. In the fifth game, the Serb showed great attitude and aggression to force and get a break. However, in the eighth game, the Spaniard reacted to recover and then dominated the match. With great conviction, Alcaraz unleashed his best shots to break and get ahead 6-4 in 43 minutes.
Almost as if it was a copy of the first set, Dusan hurt again with a forehand and a one-handed backhand, used the drops and got the break to win again. However, the world No. 2 rallied again in the eighth game to level at 5. After a long game, Lajovic created chances and broke the serve. But once again tension and inaccuracies didn’t allow him to close it out and it ended in a draw. There, Alcaraz was absolutely dominant and overtook him 6-4, 7-6(0) and 1h56m.