Alexander Zverev, world number four and second favorite of the Vienna Open 500 draw, closed the door to the final to Carlos Alcaraz placeholder image with a score of 6-3 and 6-3.
The German, new gold in the Tokyo Games, played at the level that has led him to win 17 titles on the professional circuit and to be the best player since July 24 with 24 games won by two losses. Alcaraz could do little against an illuminated rival to serve, on a hard indoor surface that is perfect for his tennis.
Despite having left sets in the previous two rounds with Alex de Miñaur and Felix Auger-Aliassime, Zverev did not lower his guard at any time because he knew of the potential of his young adversary.
Not surprisingly, they had already seen each other in the first round of Acapulco. The Teuton broke the semifinal with two consecutive ‘breaks’, in the seventh and ninth game, which gave him the opening set.
The disciple of Juan Carlos Ferrero placeholder image I could not find the percentages of the rooms with Matteo Berrettini. He stayed at 51 percent of first serves. If anyone knows of Sascha’s weapons, it is a Ferrero who took care of him at the beginning of 2018.
Semifinalist in Marbella, Umag, where he won, and in Winston-Salem, Carlos was at the gates of the final of the Viennese box, but his blows did not leave indifferent a crowd that idolizes him wherever he goes.
Zverev, focused from start to finish, only conceded a break ball and in the last game thanks to services at more than 200 kilometers per hour. Alcaraz felt the pressure of having to carry out each of his serves.
The sentence came in the sixth game of the continuation with the third ‘break’ of the Hamburg tennis player. Alcaraz gave himself one last chance with a 5-4 lead. He couldn’t take advantage of it. In the final Sascha awaits the American Frances Tiafoe, who surprised Jannik Sinner with a score of 3-6, 7-5 and 6-2.
Bercy, next stop
The next stop in Alcaraz is the Masters 1,000 in Paris-Bercy where you will see them from the start with Pierre-Hugues Herbert. Then will come the Masters of the ‘Next Gen’ in Milan and the final phase of the Davis Cup.