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Carlos Alcaraz stays upbeat regardless of Australian Open exit to Alexander Zverev – Yahoo Sport Categorical Instances

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Carlos Alcaraz insisted he was blissful along with his Australian Open efforts regardless of falling to a quarter-final loss in opposition to Alexander Zverev.

The Wimbledon champion had been in wonderful kind in Melbourne and threatened a comeback after a gradual begin however it was Zverev who moved by way of to the final 4 because of a 6-1 6-3 6-7 (2) 6-4 victory clinched at 1.19am.

In his seventh grand slam semi-final, Zverev will tackle third seed Daniil Medvedev, who earlier battled previous Hubert Hurkacz in 5 units.

Alcaraz was closely fancied to make it an all top-four semi-final line-up however he appeared very tight at the beginning and Zverev took full benefit, barely lacking a primary serve and putting his groundstrokes with energy and precision.

The German has confronted lots of off-court scrutiny concerning his forthcoming home abuse trial – he denies the allegations – however his potential as a tennis participant is unquestionable.

Alcaraz briefly rallied within the second set however he was looking at defeat inside two hours when Zverev served for victory at 5-3 within the third.

The Spaniard was not finished but, lastly breaking the Zverev serve after which enjoying a elegant tie-break, however in the end there have been too many errors from his racket.

Alexander Zverev performed a backhand (Andy Wong/AP)

This was Alcaraz’s greatest run in Melbourne, and he mentioned: “It has been an excellent event for me, making quarter-finals, enjoying good tennis.

“I’m unhappy with my degree at this time, as a result of I’ve been enjoying good tennis, the spherical earlier than this one with lots of confidence. Serving fairly effectively.

“However on the whole I go away the event blissful. Forgetting about at this time’s degree. Clearly quarter-final of a grand slam is sweet. It’s not what I’m searching for, however it’s not dangerous.

“It’s a disgrace that I began the match like the way in which that I did and ending the way in which that I did. But it surely’s tennis.”

Alcaraz performed down the impression of being with out his coach Juan Carlos Ferrero, who’s again in Spain recovering from knee surgical procedure.

Carlos Alcaraz stretches for a forehand

Carlos Alcaraz stretched for a forehand (Louise Delmotte/AP)

“It didn’t have an effect on (me) in any respect,” mentioned the 20-year-old. “As I mentioned, I used to be enjoying nice tennis with out him. I had Samuel (Lopez), that may be a fairly good coach as effectively. I belief him 100 per cent.”

Zverev, who misplaced his solely grand slam last to Dominic Thiem on the US Open in 2020, acquired therapy for blisters on his foot on the finish of the third set however rallied effectively, helped by an exceptional serving show.

“Once you’re up 6-1 6-3 5-2, you begin pondering,” mentioned the sixth seed, for whom this was a primary win over a top-five opponent at a grand slam.

“It’s not all the time useful however I’m blissful I acquired there in the long run. I fought again fairly effectively within the fourth set.”

Earlier, Medvedev struggled within the warmth of the day in opposition to ninth seed Hurkacz, who was trying to make the final 4 at a grand slam for under the second time.

The Pole twice fought again from a set down however Medvedev got here out on prime 7-6 (4) 2-6 6-3 5-7 6-4 after three hours and 59 minutes.

The Russian completed it off with a drop shot earlier than blowing kisses in the direction of his field.

Medvedev will now attempt to attain the ultimate for the third time in 4 years, and he mentioned: “I’m so destroyed proper now. I used to be feeling very drained bodily on the finish of the second set already.

“Within the fourth set, he performed good, I wasn’t beating myself up. I had no extra focus, I believed, ‘I simply need to attempt my greatest to do no matter I can. If I lose, I lose and I am going house. It’s OK’.

“I’m blissful that like this I managed to win and I actually appreciated the match level.”

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