In the quarterfinals of the Miami Open, Carlos Alcaraz demonstrated his superior form against the hometown favorite Taylor Fritz. Despite facing a high-level performance from Fritz, the World No. 1 showcased his invincibility at his peak by maintaining a comfortable distance throughout the match. With an impressive 6-4, 6-2 victory, Alcaraz advances one step closer to achieving the elusive Sunshine Double.
In front of a jam-packed crowd that included John McEnroe, Alcaraz secured an early break of Fritz’s serve in the first game. Despite facing a tough challenge, Alcaraz held on to win the closely contested first set and wrapped up the match in just 1 hour and 18 minutes. Alcaraz was tested on just two occasions but managed to save both break points, improving his match record to an impressive 18-1 in 2023.
As he vies to retain his Miami title and stay atop the ATP Rankings, Alcaraz seized control of the match early on by securing a break of serve in each set. Although Fritz rallied well in the first set and arguably played better after the initial game, Alcaraz displayed his defensive prowess. He expertly saved both break points with half-volleys to maintain his lead.
During the first set, Taylor Fritz was on the verge of securing a breakpoint. However, Alcaraz didn’t give up easily and showed some remarkable grit to save the breakpoint. Despite both players finishing with 20 winners, Alcaraz managed to keep his unforced error count low with only 13 errors compared to Fritz’s 28. Alcaraz capitalized on three of his five break points, converting each time he created a break opportunity. This match marked the first encounter between the two, providing Fritz with an opportunity to gauge his level against a top-ranked player.
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Couple of wins required to retain the top spot of Carlos Alcaraz
With yet an amazing and dominant win over the American, Carlos Alcaraz advances to yet another semis this season. He will be facing a tougher opponent in Jannik Sinner. It’s another semifinal clash between these two in less than two weeks. Speaking about their rivalry, Alcaraz said, “I’ve played against him in the final rounds of tournaments. That means he is playing a great level. Of course I am sure that we are going to play for big things in the future. I can’t wait to see our [improvement].”
The Italian player will enjoy an additional day of rest before his sixth ATP Head2Head encounter with Carlos Alcaraz, thanks to his Wednesday victory over Emil Ruusuvuori, which was played before the rain-delayed Alcaraz-Fritz match on Thursday. With this loss, Fritz faces the risk of dropping out of the Top 10, just a month after achieving his career-high ATP Ranking of No. 5.
The world No.1 looks very desperate to remain at the top. However, he is only getting better as the tournament progresses. The semifinal clash between him and Sinner will be a sixth meeting for the both and the Spaniard currently holds a 3-2 lead over the Italian. Fans and the tennis world will be definitely expecting a cracker of a match tomorrow.
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