Carlos Alcaraz comes back from behind to beat Tommy Paul and faces Daniil Medvedev in the semi-finals

Spanish tennis player Carlos Alcaraz qualified this Tuesday for the semi-finals of the Wimbledon tournamentthe third Grand Slam of the season and which is being played on grass in London (United Kingdom), thanks to its victory by 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 and 6-2 against American Tommy Paul in just over three hours of play.

Alcaraz started the match with a great rhythm and his first chances of breaking were not long in coming. He missed up to four break opportunitieswhich hardly diminished his confidence in the rest. Proof of this was that in the following game he put pressure on the American’s serve again, this time breaking serve on the fifth opportunity and going 2-1 up on the scoreboard.

But Paul’s reaction was not long in coming, returning the break to love in the next game, once again levelling the set. It was the confirmation of the improvement of the American, who had four more break points on the Murcia native’s next serve; after more than 15 minutes of rallying, he managed to hold on to it. He was unable to do the same in the twelfth game of the set, in which Paul managed to get the definitive break and win an eternal first set, after 75 minutes.

Alcaraz had to improve his numbers with his serve – only 53% of points won with his first serve – and at the net – 8 out of 16 won – as well as reduce unforced errors if he wanted to turn the tables. And although the second set began with a break in Paul’s favour, his rival’s reaction came, first recovering the break and then getting a second break in the seventh game. There, The Spaniard took a lead that he never relinquished, eventually closing the set at 6-4.

A second set in which Alcaraz’s serve began to work – five aces and 77% of points won with the first – and in which he controlled the number of unforced errors, which was reduced to eight. In addition, The American’s shots seemed less accurate than in the first setgoing from nine winning points to just four.

Photos | Wimbledon quarterfinals: Carlos Alcaraz wins and is now in the semi-finals

The duel was changing and the Murcian was beginning to impose his cunning. With this inertia the third set started, where Alcaraz He took advantage of Paul’s first two serves to break them and go up 3-1.The tennis player from El Palmar then smelled blood, and in the subsequent game he had a 0-40 and two other break points, all of them unsuccessful.

But the pressure paid off, as it gave him the strength to save two break points against him in the sixth game and break his opponent’s serve immediately afterwards (5-2). He sealed the set by winning his serve to love (6-2) and taking the lead in a match where the Murcian never hesitated again, with surgical precision.

Paul only held on in the opening game of the fourth set, but in the next one he did not score a single point and in the third he suffered a break (2-1) that painted a very dark future for him. Not in vain, in that situation The United States player did not recoverwho in the round of 16 had been the executioner of the also Spanish Roberto Bautista.

Alcaraz behaved like a rocket in the rest of the set, including a break in the fifth game and consolidation in the sixth (5-1). Although in the seventh Paul showed versatility in a couple of strokes, it was too late and his opponent sealed the victory by 6-2. In the semis, the player from El Palmar will face the Russian Daniil Medvedevsame match as last year in this competition and in the same round.

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