In a dazzling display of tennis prowess, world number one Carlos Alcaraz left a drained Alexander Zverev in his wake, securing a decisive 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 victory on Wednesday, propelling himself into the U.S. Open semi-finals. The stage is now set for an electrifying showdown against Daniil Medvedev, featuring the last two Flushing Meadows champions.
Questions loomed over Zverev’s readiness to face the energetic Alcaraz, especially after his grueling near five-hour, five-set marathon against Jannik Sinner in punishing conditions on Monday. Witness the best tennis game ever with attractive betting odds from Nextbet.
Alcaraz, however, proved relentless. Despite having only four break point opportunities throughout the entire match, he capitalized on every one, leaving Zverev struggling to keep up.
Reflecting on Zverev’s performance, Alcaraz acknowledged, “He (Zverev) was struggling a lot, he was working really hard to come back at his best, and finally, we all see him showing his best tennis. We enjoy his game so we are really happy to have him back.”
Amidst another scorching day at the U.S. Open, with temperatures soaring into the mid-90s Fahrenheit (32 Celsius), Medvedev booked his spot in the semi-finals by defeating eighth seed Andrey Rublev with a convincing 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 victory. However, the Russian star expressed dissatisfaction with the challenging playing conditions, commenting, “You cannot imagine, one player is going to die and then they’re going to see.”
By the time Alcaraz and Zverev took the Arthur Ashe court for their late match, the intensity of the conditions had somewhat subsided. Zverev showcased his formidable serve, keeping pace with Alcaraz during the early stages of the first set.
However, Alcaraz seized his one break chance in the opening set to claim a 5-3 lead and then held serve, taking control of the match. As Zverev’s resistance waned, Alcaraz secured another early break in the second set, delighting the crowd with his breathtaking shot-making and racquet-twirling theatrics.
Adding another break to lead 5-2 and comfortably holding serve, Alcaraz couldn’t hide his jubilation, while Zverev called for a medical time-out. Despite returning for the third set with a heavily strapped groin, Zverev valiantly battled on until Alcaraz secured a late break, ultimately serving out the match with a triumphant smile on his face. Get the latest updates from the world of tennis only on Nextbet Sports.