Alcaraz resorts to the fifth set to eliminate the American Tiafoe and stay alive at Wimbledon

Alcaraz resorts to the fifth set to eliminate the American Tiafoe and stay alive at Wimbledon
Alcaraz resorts to the fifth set to eliminate the American Tiafoe and stay alive at Wimbledon

Hit, but not sunk. Frances Tiafoe had to Carlos Alcaraz defeated, just a few points away from beating him and taking away his champion’s crown. He had him on the brink of collapse, but the Spaniard, on the day he had to suffer in the Cathedralemerged to get into the round of 16 (5-7, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (2) and 6-2) and make a statement: the champion is here.[Así vivimos la victoria de Alcaraz sobre Tiafoe]

Good players win when they are good, when they feel the ball, the best, when they are good and when they are bad, and Alcaraz He is already in the latter group. He had a bad time against Tiafoehe felt the tension of knowing that the champion could lose, that the next day he would have to endure front pages criticizing him, accusing him of falling too soon, of not having retained his title.

Alcaraz He closed his eyes and visualized that defeat, the first in Wimbledon from the round of 16 in 2022 against Jannik Sinner. He was two sets down, like in the final of Roland Garros ante Alexander Zverevbut this time Tiafoe He didn’t want to wrinkle like the German did in Paris.

It had been a grey match for the Spaniard, an exercise in fear and pressure in which the Murcian gave more than he should have. He lost the first set despite being 4-2 and 30-0 up, he recovered in the second and in the third he paid for his excessive ‘show’. He lost his serve and in the end the set due to being overconfident and with 3-3 15-15, that is, the most even match possible, he hit a forehand down the middle of the court cut towards the back. A shot of Roger Federer who went a hand’s length away and had to deal with a bad set, a stumble, saying goodbye to the All England Club.

With the passage of an abysmal fourth set, without opportunities to break, but in which Alcaraz He had to save a 0-30 and a 15-30, the tiebreaker was a kind of lottery that would unleash the destiny of both players.

Frances Tiafoe during the Third Round of Wimbledon

Europa Press

Aside Tiafoewith a brilliant game, far above what his knee injury two weeks ago and his last few months of mediocrity would have led us to expect. On the other hand, Alcarazaware that a mistake would send him home.

An insignificant player would have given in to the backpack on his shoulders. The weight of the golden cup would have sunk him, but Alcaraz He struck three times. At the start of the 3-0 he raised his fist and put his hand to his ear, asking for encouragement from a crowd that was surprisingly more inclined to the American’s show.

He didn’t want to give it excitement. He subjected it to Tiafoe in the tie break and changed a match that was very black, like the sky of Londonand it began to clear up. While it was raining outside, in the power station, with the roof closed, the blows and screams of the Spaniard, too excited to even think about turning it off, echoed around.

Tiafoe, who began to limp slightly when the score went against him, disappeared in the fifth set. He watched from a distance as Alcaraz He took the lead with a double break and finished him off with a drop shot that imitated Federer again, but this time it went over the net by a finger and he fell asleep next to the line.

After almost four hours, Alcaraz He once again experienced a suffering that he had not experienced on grass since the final against Djokovic. And he emerged victorious again.

His rival in the next round will be the winner of the duel between Ugo Humbert y Brandon Nakashimaa match that was suspended due to rain with the Frenchman leading by two sets to one.

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