The Murcian beats Marcos Giron and is the only seeded player to survive in the Winston-Salem semifinals
Carlos Alcaraz has regained his tone in Winston-Salem. One month after being crowned at Umag and after two early eliminations in Kitzbühel and Cincinnati,
the Murcian returns to enjoy his tennis in the tournament to prepare for the US Open. And it already smells new records. This Friday (Thursday in North Carolina), he beat the American Marcos Giron (7-6 (2), 6-2) to get into the ATP 250 semifinals. They are the third of his career, the first on the fast track. When Frances Tiafoe was eliminated in the same tournament,
if Alcaraz wins his second title he will be among the 50 best players in the world.
After two victories in three sets of more than two hours each,
the young tennis player from El Palmar did not have to sweat so much in their quarter-final match. However, the first set was choked on Alcaraz. Although he broke the serve at the first change, he needed sudden death, which he dominated with an iron fist, to get ahead. The blow brought down Giron, number 65 in the world, who only endured half an hour more.
The precocity of Alcaraz leaves anomalous scenarios.
If you just look at the rankings, he’s the favorite to win at Winston-Salem among the survivors in the semifinals. Not only is he higher in the ATP rankings, but he’s the only seeded player left after defeats like his training colleague Pablo Carreño.
However, Alcaraz knows the complexity of the challenge because, despite being his first year on the circuit, he already knows all his rivals. Mikael Ymer, next obstacle and executioner of Tiafoe (6-7 (2), 6-2, 6-3), threw him in Australia from his first Grand Slam. Another semi-finalist, Ruusuvuori, defeated him in March at the Miami Masters 1000. Of course, at the rate that Alcaraz progresses, those months are already a distant past. Ilya Ivashka, the other semifinalist, already experienced it two weeks ago when he fell to him in the Cincinnati qualifier. Option for the young Murcian to prove it again. If you add two more victories, it will be the
world number 50, target underlined in red for this season.