Carlos Alcaraz pummelled Karen Khachanov into submission in a 6-1 6-4 6-4 victory on Sunday to succeed in the French Open quarter-finals and stretch his profitable run to 14 matches.
The 19-year-old, who has taken the tennis world by storm this yr, turned the youngest male participant in 29 years to succeed in two Grand Slam quarter-finals after additionally making the U.S. Open final eight.
“It has been an excellent match from my aspect. I performed very well from the start till the top of the match,” he stated. “I knew I needed to be actually targeted from the start.”
“I anticipated the extent that I performed. I began very well and I saved the extent for the entire match. I’m very proud of it.”
He wanted simply 29 minutes to storm by way of the primary set along with his particular mixture of uncooked energy, punishing forehands and deft drop photographs that made his 26-year-old opponent look outdated.
Khachanov, the world quantity 25 and a quarter-finalist in Paris in 2019, managed to carry serve early within the second set however the Spaniard broke him at 3-3, and by no means appeared again.
The pair traded breaks halfway by way of the third set on a cold and overcast night within the French capital however it was Alcaraz who pulled forward with yet one more break after an eye-popping ‘tweener’ lob over the tall Russian.
He wobbled a bit on the finish, losing 5 match factors on Khachanov’s serve, however that solely delayed the inevitable by one recreation, as he sealed victory on his serve minutes later.
World quantity six Alcaraz, who now has a 19-1 win-loss document on clay this season after profitable back-to-back titles in Barcelona and Madrid in April and Might, will subsequent face third seed Alexander Zverev, who beat qualifier Bernabe Zapata Miralles in straight units.
“Sasha (Zverev) is enjoying an excellent recreation. He’s actual aggressive and will probably be a troublesome match,” Alcaraz stated. “Greatest of 5 in opposition to him shall be powerful. He has overwhelmed nice gamers in Grand Slams.”
“I prefer to play powerful, shut matches so it’ll be an excellent match.”
Ought to the celebrities align for Alcaraz, he may finally tackle both world primary and defending champion Novak Djokovic or 13-time Roland Garros winner Rafael Nadal within the final 4.
This story has been printed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content. Solely the headline has been modified.
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