Alcaraz Extends Greatest Grass Run With Queen’s Membership QF Win | ATP Tour


Enjoying in a grass-court quarter-final for the primary time on Friday, Carlos Alcaraz used a quick begin and a powerful end to defeat Grigor Dimitrov on the Cinch Championships.

The Spaniard’s 6-4, 6-4 victory extends his edge to 3-0 within the pair’s Lexus ATP Head2Head and strikes him to 5-4 lifetime on grass courts. Along with his first High 30 win on the floor, he advances to the semi-finals for the eighth time in his 9 occasions this season — his lone early exit coming within the Rome third spherical.

“The work that I put in, the matches that I performed [at] an ideal stage helped me so much coming into this actually powerful match,” Alcaraz mentioned of his growth on the grass. “Grigor is a prime participant in each floor, however I might say much more right here on grass, he feels the ball very well.

“I simply performed very well from the start till the final ball.”

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Alcaraz improved to 8-0 in tour-level quarter-finals this season by profitable six of the match’s closing seven video games after falling behind 0-3 within the second set at The Queen’s Membership in London. After Dimitrov stopped a run of 4 straight video games to interrupt for 4-4, Alcaraz took benefit of a free service recreation from the Bulgarian to storm via the end line.

After breaking within the opening recreation of the match, Alcaraz didn’t create one other break likelihood till he broke for 2-3 within the second. Dimitrov settled in and attacked the highest seed together with his all-court recreation, however the Spaniard landed some essential drop photographs as he started to show the tide.

The match was poised for extra drama at 4-4, however Alcaraz received eight of the final 9 factors to arrange a semi-final showdown in opposition to Sebastian Korda. The American was a 6-4, 7-6(1), winner in opposition to residence favorite Cameron Norrie earlier on Friday.

With Alcaraz and Korda becoming a member of Holger Rune and Alex de Minaur within the semi-finals, all 4 of the remaining gamers are below 25 years of age.

“It is nice to play in opposition to the younger gamers like me,” the 20-year-old Alcaraz mentioned when advised of that statistic. “We’re setting the technology and clearly we’re going to play a whole lot of matches at such nice occasions, nice tournaments. It’ going to be actually enjoyable to play.

“Sebi, he is a buddy,” he continued, waiting for Saturday’s matchup. “He is coming with nice tennis. After all I might say it will be a extremely good match. I hope the gang enjoys that match as a result of it is one thing particular.”

The 32-year-old Dimitrov, the lone former champion within the London quarter-finals, was denied his first High 10 win on grass since he beat Andy Murray at Wimbledon in 2014.


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