Top seed and reigning champion Carlos Alcaraz displayed a masterful performance, moving closer to a successful US Open title defense with an impressive quarter-final victory over top-ranked German, Alexander Zverev. In a thrilling contest under the floodlights of the Arthur Ashe Stadium on Wednesday night, the 20-year-old Spaniard showcased his tennis prowess, winning 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.
Alcaraz's journey in the tournament has been nothing short of spectacular. Eager to clinch the coveted Wimbledon-US Open double in the same season, he delivered a commanding performance that left spectators in awe. With this victory, Alcaraz has set up a highly-anticipated semi-final clash against the 2021 US Open champion, Daniil Medvedev.
The possibility of a No. 1 versus No. 2 final showdown with Novak Djokovic looms, adding further excitement to the tournament. Alcaraz's exceptional form and his comfort on the courts in New York make him a formidable contender for the title.
"I'm very, very comfortable playing on this court, playing here in New York. I am showing my best level here," Alcaraz expressed after his win. "Last year was very tough, since the fourth round I played five sets [to get to the final].
Here, I've played just one match that has gone to four sets. I feel great physically and I'm ready to play a great battle with Medvedev in the semi-finals." The match against Zverev was a showcase of Alcaraz's versatility, speed, and stamina.
While Zverev attempted to match Alcaraz's power from the baseline, the Spaniard's fresh legs gave him a significant advantage. Alcaraz incorporated serve-and-volley plays, executed impressive net approaches with a success rate of 28 out of 35, and strategically used drop shots to keep his opponent off balance.
Alcaraz's Dominance in Numbers
Alcaraz outperformed Zverev with 29 winners to Zverev's 22 and displayed a flawless record by saving all five break points he faced and converting all four break chances on his opponent's serve.
Zverev, who had a commendable night on first serves, struggled on his second serve, winning just seven of 25 points. Carlos Alcaraz's dominance in Grand Slam tournaments has been noteworthy, with an impressive 24-1 record in his last four Grand Slams played, dating back to his title-winning run at Flushing Meadows last year.
His incredible form in 2023 includes six titles and a remarkable 58-6 match record. Alexander Zverev, despite his quarter-final exit, has made a significant resurgence in the ATP rankings, rejoining the Top 10 of the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings for the first time since last November.
He has also climbed to eighth place in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin, positioning himself for this year's season finale scheduled for 12-19 November. Carlos Alcaraz's impressive Grand Slam start now places him among the elite, with a record of 41 wins and 8 losses, closely following the legendary John McEnroe, who had a 42-8 record.
Alcaraz's consistency and determination are paving the way for a bright future in the world of tennis. Tennis enthusiasts worldwide are eagerly awaiting the upcoming semi-final clash between Carlos Alcaraz and Daniil Medvedev, as the young Spaniard continues his remarkable journey at the 2023 US Open. Stay tuned for more thrilling action from the courts in New York.