Alcaraz neutralizes Ruud and advances to the semifinals in Beijing


The Spanish tennis player Carlos Alcaraz has advanced this Monday to the semifinals of the Beijing (China) tournament, in the ATP 500 category and played on hard courts, after winning in two sets (6-4 and 6-2) over the Norwegian Casper Ruud, which started very in tune but noticed the fatigue in the face of the devastating version of the Murcian player.

The world number two overcame a 0-3 deficit in the first set to win the first set with some solvency, with a timely reaction that neutralized the Norwegian’s great start. This left Ruud somewhat emotionally affected, who began with doubts a second challenge in which the Spaniard was more solvent and forceful to head towards the semifinals.

Alcaraz’s start in the quarterfinals in Beijing was one to forget, without finding rhythm and against a world number nine with confidence through the roof and showing one of his best versions, despite defending himself from up to five break balls in the first game – which lasted 15 minutes -, something that spurred the Norwegian on at the start.

With great force, Ruud put a 0-3 on the scoreboard that seemed definitive to give his name to the first set, but he did not count on the resilience of the Murcian. Alcaraz, after a brief comment from his coach, grew in the game, now much more successful and settled to endorse a brutal partial of 6-1 to close the set, with a blank game and direct serve, 6-4 and go away to the bench with a confidence that he had not shown at the beginning of the first set.

The match reached the second set somewhat crazy, after the Norwegian – with only two winners in the initial set – went from more to less and with the possibility of having changed the script, although without news of his more in tune version that was seen at the end. principle. Equality reigned at the beginning of this second round, with both tennis players serving their first serves without excessive trouble.

It was in the third game when Alcaraz added the first break of this set, on the fourth break point, which he confirmed with a solid serve to easily lead 3-1 and put the set and the match on track. Ruud took a break, not without suffering, to make it 3-2 with his serve, although showing more signs of fatigue against a much fresher Murcian tennis player.

Proof of this was the comfortable 4-2 for Alcaraz with a solvent and placid service, putting himself two games away from victory on the Asian court. In fact, the player from Palma, who went 0-40 and after Ruud saved three consecutive break balls, made it 5-2 and then sealed his ticket to the semifinals with his serve at the first opportunity.

The Spanish tennis player will now face the winner of the last quarterfinal match of the Beijing tournament that will face the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov and the Italian Jannik Sinner.

2023-10-02 13:32:19
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