Carlos Alcaraz: 'I Think People Want To See Joy'

‘I think people want to see joy’

world number 2 Carlos Alcaraz He reaches his tenth ATP final at 19 years and nine months. Carlos defeated Nicolás Jarry 6-7, 7-5, 6-0 in the Rio semifinal after two hours and 42 minutes, one victory away from defending the title and 500 ATP points.

Alcaraz will face Cameron Norrie in the title fight, the same rival he defeated in Buenos Aires last week. If the teenager wins the title, he will match Novak Djokovic’s 6,980 ATP points, though he won’t be able to surpass the Serb, who has better results in major events.

Jarry threw everything in his arsenal against the world number 2 in the first two sets, sending bombs with his serve and forehand and driving closer to the finish line. However, he suffered a tear late in the second set and walked off the court, allowing Carlos to land a claw shot in the decider and seal the win in style.

The Spaniard played better after the second serve and saved four of five break points. Alcaraz created six break point chances and converted five to dominate the crucial points and stay on the title track. Jarry got off to a reliable start, with four dominant service games and an early break.

Carlos wasted a match point in the second game and suffered a tear following a forced error. The Chilean kept everything under control in his service games and built a 5-2 lead after another good serve. The Spaniard cut the deficit to 5-3 with a winner and had one more chance to extend the action.

Jarry collapsed under pressure and suffered a break while serving for the set after Alcaraz’s backhand cross. Both players served well in the remaining three games to introduce a tiebreaker. Nicolás got two early mini-breaks to make it 3-0 and forced Carlos’ mistake with a strong return to take a 5-1 lead.

Alcaraz is already a sports phenomenon

Carlos Alcaraz was late to the party this season, having missed the 2023 Australian Open due to injury. «I have a special affection here in Rio. The public supported me a lot. My moments on the pitch in Rio were spectacular and today was proof of that,» said Carlos Alcaraz after his semifinal victory against Nicolás Jarry.

«I think people want to see joy, incredible shots,» Carlos Alcaraz said, «I don’t think about being the player people want to see after the Big 3, I just want to be who I am and spread joy on the court.» .»

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