French Open: Zverev ousts Alcaraz to reach SF

Paris, May 31 (BNA): Third seed Alexander Zverev ousted Carlos Alcaraz from the French Open 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7) in the quarter-finals.

2020 US Open runner-up will face either 1st seed Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal for a place in the final.

Zverev served for the 5-4 win in the fourth set but the 19-year-old Alcaraz broke it there, according to The Associated Press.

The 25-year-old German converted his second match point, sending a backhand just beyond Alcaraz’s reach.

Sixth seed Alcaraz entered the match with a record 32-3 this year by winning four titles. But the Spaniard made 16 unforced errors in the first set when Zverev broke the fifth game. Then Alkaraz broke in the seventh game of the second set.

Zverev allowed the young Spaniard to break only six points and save four of them at Court Philippe Chatrier, and improved to 3-1 against Alcaraz.

This is Zverev’s first victory over a top 10 opponent in a Grand Slam tournament. Alcaraz has been trying to become the youngest player to reach the semi-finals since 2005 when Nadal reached the semi-finals at the age of 19. Zverev also reached the semi-finals at Roland Garros a year ago.

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