Alexander Zverev and Carlos Alcaraz starred in one of the most exciting matches at Roland Garros this year. world no. 3 advanced to his fifth Major semifinal after a hard-fought 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 win over a teenager.
Carlos played his best on the Philippe-Chatrier Court, losing a set point in the fourth set tiebreaker and losing a match after 14 consecutive victories. It took Zverev three hours and 18 minutes to prevail and notch his first win over a top-10 opponent in the Majors!
The German served to 71% and threw everything he had at his opponent. Zverev saved four of six break points and delivered three return games from eight chances to seal the deal ahead of the decider. Alexander had 39 winners and 34 unforced errors, matching the opponent’s pace and reducing the number of errors.
Alcaraz had 46 winners and 56 errors, throwing too many loose shots and missing a set point in the fourth set tiebreaker to ruin her chances. Zverev carved out the lead in the shorter rallies down to four strokes, while nothing separated them in the more advanced exchanges.
The first set saw eight comfortable holds and two that offered chances to returners. Alexander saved a break point in the second game to avoid an early setback. He grabbed a break at 2-2 with a strong return and served well in the remaining games to claim the first 6-4 after a backhand winner in the tenth game.
Alexander Zverev ousted Carlos Alcaraz after a thrilling battle in Paris.
Carlos got one more point on the return in the second set but failed to take advantage of his chances. He squandered a break point at 2-1 after a loose return and lost serve in game seven after a failed attack at the net.
The Spaniard missed a break point in game ten, and the German secured third set point with an ace for 6-4, 6-4 after one hour and 29 minutes. The third set saw eight dominating holds on both sides before Alcaraz faced a break point in the ninth game.
Facing elimination, the youngster hit a perfect game-winner to save it and bring the game home. With momentum on his side, Carlos broke at 15 in the tenth game to close out the set and extend his chances. Like set number three, the fourth saw good serves from both sides until it was 4-4.
This time, Zverev broke Alcaraz in the ninth game after a double fault from the Spaniard and served for the win in the next. Giving his 120%, Carlos broke with a backhand winner to close out the score at 5-5 and extend the drama.
The set went into a tiebreaker and Zverev laid a backhand down the line winner on the eighth point to make it 4-4. A perfect drop shot put Alcaraz up 5-4, and Zverev moved back up to 5-5 with a backhand down the line winner. Carlos fired a backhand down the line to force Alexander’s error and create set point.
A teenager scored a backhand to lose his chance and keep the opponent in the fight. The German hit a game-winning volley into the net for 7-6 and the first match point. Zverev scored a backhand to blow it before winning the second with a net winner at 7-7. Alexander fired a winning backhand down the line return to clinch the 9-7 breaker and proceed to the semi-final.