Alcaraz is already one more in the elite: victory against Berrettini

In the elite of the ATP circuit they are already clear that Carlos Alcaraz is with them, that he is ‘uno di noi’ (one of us), as the Italian Matteo Berrettini would say, which the 18-year-old from Murcia beat this Friday at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna: 6-1, 6-7 (2) and 7-6 (5) in 2h40. Two days after beating a former world number one and three Grand Slams winner Andy Murray, Alcaraz was able to win the world seven and finalist at Wimbledon to certify his second biggest victory in terms of ranking after the one he added in the US Open against three, Stefanos Tsitsipas. It is the first time that Carlos has reached the semi-finals of an ATP 500 and in them he will face on Saturday the German Alexander Zverev or the Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, rivals with whom he has already been measured and against whom he lost on one occasion.

A new example of his precociousness is that in the history of the tournament, since 1974, only two players younger than him had reached the penultimate round before: the Swede Stefan Edberg, with 17 in 1983, and the Swiss Roger Federer, with 18 and a few months less than the Spanish in 1999. In addition, Charly provisionally rises to 35th place in the world ranking, the best of his fledgling career.

His merit is tremendous, even more so if one takes into account that he was about to endorse him a donut, in a first set to frame that was targeted in 29 minutes, to one of the three players who credits 80% of victories with at least 30 games played so far this season, along with Djokovic and Medvedev. Later the game leveled off because Berrettini began to serve better and to understand what his opponent was doing, who was insistently looking for the backhand. and he executed him with parallels when the Roman was reversed to hit him as a drive. However, Alcaraz’s tactical level is strikingly striking, how he chooses the best option almost at every point and the ease he has to generate power in his blows is also remarkable. The second set escaped him due to a bad tiebreaker, after having held up magnificently with his serve without giving up a single break option.

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Final apotheosis

The third quarter was very much in favor of Alcaraz, with a break to put himself with a notable advantage (4-1), but when he served for 5-2, he had his only bad game on serve. He lost it blank for a double fault and had to row again, at full speed against an opponent who was not at all erratic, who was playing at his highest level. A second tie-break was reached and there Charly went with everything, he won it with a clean fire and with a saquetazo, without fear. The first thing he did, before celebrating, was running to give a child a wristband. His bravery and generosity were rewarded. And there it is, with the biggest.

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