Andrey Rublev unpleasantly surprised the home fans in St. Petersburg, the Dutch tennis player Botic van de Zandschulp made a sensation by knocking out the Russian, and today's matches at the tournament in Vienna could not pass without an unexpected triumph.
The talented Spanish tennis player Carlos Alcaraz, when many from the world of "white sports" see him as the successor of Rafael Nadal, beat Matteo Berrettini and advanced to the semifinals, where he will compete with another tennis player from the top 10 - Alexander Zverev.
The Spaniard triumphed in the quarterfinals after a great fight - the match lasted two hours and 42 minutes - in three sets - 2: 1 (6: 1, 6: 7, 7: 6). Carlos Alcaraz drew attention to himself during the US Open when he managed to place among the eight best, but not to defeat Félix Auger-Aliassime.
Then, in the early phase of the last Grand Slam of the season - in the third round - he kicked out Stefanos Tsitsipas. The Spaniard showed in the Austrian capital that this feat, but also the entire performance in New York, is not a coincidence and that he has a bright future ahead of him.
He gave a blow to the Wimbledon finalist ...
Berrettini and Zverev
Nothing of the projected semifinals Matteo Berrettini - Alexander Zverev in Vienna. Carlos Alcaraz wiped the floor in the first set with the Italian. He caught Matteo Berrettini in a raid.
It took time for the guy from Rome to regroup and come to his senses. The next two sets were far more uncertain - both went to the tie-break, and the other was masterfully played by the Spaniard. One mini-break in the game of nerves was enough for him to win the set and pack his bags for Matteo Berrettini.
He did not kneel under pressure. Carlos Alcaraz scheduled a showdown with Alexander Zverev, who struggled with Félix Auger-Aliassime but still managed to register his sixth triumph in a duel with the Canadian, and took revenge for his defeat at Wimbledon - 2: 1 (6: 4).
, 3: 6, 6: 3). Frances Tiafoe cleared Diego Schwartzman (6: 4, 7: 6), and the furious against Casper Rudd was Jannik Sinner - 2: 0 (7: 5, 6: 1). Once again, it turned out that the Argentine and the Norwegian have nothing to look for on fast surfaces and that they are much less dangerous when they play outside the clay.
Every transition to concrete or grass for Diego Schwartzman and Casper Ruud is an exit from the comfort zone. Berrettini, meanwhile, will skipp the Paris Rolex Masters.