Carlos Alcaraz finds no rival in Fritz and goes to the semifinals of the Miami Open

A Carlos Alcaraz does not care about playing with tennis players from the peloton like Facundo Bagnis and Dusan Lajovic, with class like Tommy Paul and the ‘top 10’, say Taylor Fritz. The latter was the next victim this Thursday, with a score of 6-4 and 6-2, in 78 minutes.

There are already 15 victories against the elite of the racket, three of them in this course. And this Friday, in the semifinals of the Miami Open, at 1:00 a.m. on the peninsula, expect a rested Jannik Sinnerofficially the eleventh in the world but next Monday he will be among the top 10 again.

The new classic of the sport of tennis will have its sixth episode at the Hard Rock Stadium just 12 days after meeting in the same round in Indian Wells.

The 15 victories against Alcaraz’s ‘top10’

Stefanos Tsitsipas (3) tercera ronda US Open 2021

Matteo Berrettini (7) cuartos Vienna 2021

Jannik Sinner (9) second round Paris-Bercy 2021

Matteo Berrettini (6) rooms Rio de Janeiro 2022

Stefanos Tsitsipas (5) cuartos Miami 2022

Hubert Hurkacz (10) semifinals Miami 2022

Casper Ruud (8) final Miami 2022

Stefanos Tsitsipas (5) cuartos Barcelona 2022

Rafael Nadal (4) quarter Mutua Madrid Open 2022

Novak Djokovic (1) semifinals Mutua Madrid Open 2022

Alexander Zverev (3) final Mutua Madrid Open 2022

Casper Ruud (7) final US Open 2022

Felix Auger Aliassime (10) quarter Indian Wells 2023

Daniil Medvedev (6) final Indian Wells 2023

Taylor Fritz (10) quarters Miami 2023

The result of the four matches that the Murcian has played at the TMS in Florida has had the same denominator: victory without losing a single set.

Carlitos, who was crowned two weeks ago in the Indian Wells desert without losing a round, is on the same path in Miami.

Different surface, different balls, but the same winner. Fritz was one of only two opponents in the top 10 that the Spaniard had never beaten. The other is Andrey Rublev. There were no precedents with the American and neither are there with the Russian. That’s basically the only reason.

The Californian tennis player wanted them to open his locker in the quarterfinal match after losing his first serve. Once again, in the purest Rafael Nadal style in his early days, Alcaraz took control of his opponent’s serve as soon as he started.

At 17 minutes, Taylor made it 2-1. He had spent more energy in the process than in his previous three tournament outings.

The rain, forecast for the whole day, was giving a truce that the organization and the protagonists appreciated.

The local player had his moment to reconnect with a ‘break’ point in the fourth game. His executioner stopped him with the naturalness of a chosen one, going up to the net. The situation was repeated in the sixth round with another dream volley. John McEnroe nodded from the stands. No legend misses the show offered by the young man from El Palmar.

Most games won this season

Daniil Medvedev 27

Cameron Norrie 21

Taylor Fritz 20

Jannik Sinner 20

Carlos Alcaraz 18

Novak Djokovic 15

Carlitos closed the first set with an ‘ace’. Greater authority and sufficiency was impossible. And he started the second with his second break and blank. When he connects a drop shot it gives the feeling that time stops. Fritz’s 1.96 meter could not reach any of them.

The pupil of Juan Carlos Ferrero He has already equaled the loot of 1,360 points that he won a year ago on the American hard court tour. From the semifinals with Sinner he can only improve his performance.

Alcaraz is two wins away from becoming the eighth tennis player to complete the ‘double Sunshine’ in the same campaign.

The seven tennis players who won followed Indian Wells and Miami

Jim Courier 1991

Michael Chang 1992

Pete Sampras 1994

Marcelo Rios 1998

Andre Agassi 2001

Roger Federer 2005, 2006, 2017

Novak Djokovic 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016

Give Djokovic a breath

He is 380 points behind Novak Djokovic, provisional leader of the circuit and who looks to the ground after not having been able to enter the United States because he was not vaccinated against the coronavirus.


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