Carlos Alcaraz placeholder image carried out a titanic duel before Filip Krajinovic to overcome the quarter-finals in Umag (Croatia). The Serbian, third seeded, made it difficult for the Murcian, who had to grit his teeth and know how to suffer to play for the second time this year in the semifinals of a tournament ATP (He fell to Munar in Marbella), which he agreed to after a fight of 2 hours and 21 minutes: 6-7 (3), 6-2 and 1-6. Carlos' courage will be put to the test by the veteran of Albert Ramos, one of the tennis players with the most victories this season on clay, who overwhelmed the Italian Stefano Travaglia: 6-2 and 6-1 in just 68 minutes of play.

The service law prevailed in the early stages of the game, with Alcaraz conceding only one point in his first two turns of service. His forcefulness from the back of the court, despite wearing a bulky bandage on his right arm due to muscle discomfort, it led him to break the first chance he got (1-3). But Krajinovic did not lose face to the set and reacted in the seventh game, taking advantage of the short balls of the Murcian to enter the track and certify the break. After entering a succession of games won over the rest, the outcome of the set occurred in the tie-breaker. There, Alcaraz brought out his best repertoire to seal the first heat, including a volley-winning balloon with which he lifted the public.

After signing the tournament point and sealing the first set, although complicating more than necessary, Charly faced the second set accusing wear. From the start, Ferrero's pupil was 3-0 down, and Before the solidity of the Serbian with the marker in favor he could do little. Alcaraz's options for success were to improve his service (30% of points won with a second serve in the previous set), and the story was quickly applied. When it was most needed, Alcaraz recovered his most devastating version (very inspired with the reverse) to raze the Serbian and seal the ticket to his second semi-final of the year. There Ramos waits in a Spanish duel, where whatever happens, Carlos will come out as the second youngest player in tournament history to play in the semi-finals. Only a certain Rafa Nadal surpasses him, who was planted in that round at the age of 17 in 2003. Following in the footsteps of the idol …


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