Jakarta (Rifyu.com) – World number two Carlos Alcaraz beat Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals of the Madrid Open on Tuesday.
The top seed from Spain, who also beat Zverev in last season’s Madrid final, takes revenge for the German’s victory when they meet in the quarter-finals of the 2022 French Open.
Two-time Madrid champion Madrid Zverev (26) could not do much in the opening set. His form then improved slightly in the second set but didn’t bother Alcaraz enough.
“I played at a great level, I didn’t let him dominate, I attacked all the time and most importantly I came back very well,” said Alcaraz, who won in one hour and 22 minutes.
“I played a complete game, and that’s how we got this result – but it’s not a normal result against (Zverev).”
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Zverev edged past Hugo Grenier 6-1, 6-0 in the third round. He looked to be finding form after the ankle injury he picked up last year but lacked rhythm against Alcaraz.
The US Open champion dropped just two points in the first set on her near-perfect service game and exerted heavy pressure on the German’s serve.
Alcaraz converted his third break point to take a 2-0 lead in the second game in 11 minutes, before taking another break point from Zverev for 5-1, and took the first set.
The two traded blows on serve early in the second before Alcaraz made it 3-2 when Zverev fired a forehand wide.
Alcaraz consolidated and then broke to take a 5-2 lead with a neat forehand.
After struggling in his opener against Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori, Alcaraz stayed focused throughout and ensured his development when Zverev threw long shots.
Alcaraz, who turns 20 on Friday, is seeking his 10th tour-level title after defending the Barcelona Open last month.
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