World No 1 Carlos Alcaraz gets destroyed in Basel

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World No 1 Carlos Alcaraz gets destroyed in Basel
World No 1 Carlos Alcaraz gets destroyed in Basel (Provided by Sport World News)

World No 1 Carlos Alcaraz suffered one of his worst defeats of the season after taking on Felix Auger-Aliassime in Basel. In the Basel semifinal, Auger-Aliassime destroyed Alcaraz 6-3 6-2. Auger-Aliassime broke Alcaraz once in the first set and twice in the second set to complete a two-set win.

It was a dominant performance by Auger-Aliassime, who gave no chance to this year's Us Open champion. “So far it has been very close to perfect [in Basel]. I’ve been serving amazing, not getting broken once yet.

There’s still one match to go, but it’s been a fantastic week, [I have] played some great tennis, and again today against the best player in the world. It’s an amazing win, so I’m really happy with my level and hopefully I can go all the way," Auger-Aliassime said, per the Atp website.

Auger-Aliassime felt he did well in attacking Alcaraz's second serve

No breaks were seen through the first six games of the match. Then, Auger-Aliassime claimed the first break of the match in the fifth game to open a 5-3 lead.

In the ninth game, Auger-Aliassime served out for the first set. After winning the first set, Auger-Aliassime broke Alcaraz in the third and seventh games of the second set to complete a two-set win. “I played great again.

Showing up and taking care of my serve, game after game. I think it was kind of a nervous start for both of us, but I think I was able to put a lot of pressure on [with my] second-serve return, and I think he felt that. From that point I was able to get a lot of opportunities.

[In the second set] I got a few free points, and was able to really use them well. In [World] No. 1 fashion, he came back with some great points, had a break point [in the final game] to come back a little bit. It was 0/30 on my serve, so those are good games to win," Auger-Aliassime explained.

Auger-Aliassime has now won his last 12 matches. After winning back-to-back titles in Florence and Antwerp, Auger-Aliassime is a win away from collecting his third consecutive title. In the Basel final, Auger-Aliassime plays the winner of the match between Holger Rune and Roberto Bautista Agut.

Auger-Aliassime has been absolutely impressive this week as he will be the favorite against whoever he meets in the Basel final.

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