Carlos Alcaraz overcomes slow start to beat Tommy Paul and reach Wimbledon semifinals | CNNCarlos Alcaraz overcomes slow start to beat Tommy Paul and reach Wimbledon semifinals | CNN

Carlos Alcaraz overcame a slow start to beat Tommy Paul in four sets on Tuesday and book his place in the Wimbledon semifinals.

The defending champion dropped the first set to the American No. 12 seed on Court No. 1, but rallied to eventually win 5-7 6-4 6-2 6-2 in southwest London.

“At the beginning, the first set and the beginning of the second set, it kind of felt like I was playing on clay. Big rallies, 10 to 15 shots every point,” Alcaraz said in his on-court interview afterwards. “So I had to stay strong mentally when I lost the first set.

“It was difficult for me a little bit, but I knew it was a long journey, a long match, and I just had to stay there. I’m really happy to find the solutions and the good path.”

Alcaraz will play No. 5 seed Daniil Medvedev in the semifinals, in what is a rematch of their semifinal clash from last year’s tournament.

Paul had been in excellent grass-court form having won at Queen’s – a Wimbledon warm-up tournament – and his quarterfinals appearance in SW19 was the furthest he’d reached at the grand slam.

The 27-year-old continued his impressive play on Tuesday against Alcaraz, winning the first set and holding a 2-0 lead in the second.

But the Spaniard eventually found his range, in particular against Paul’s serve. The 21-year-old broke his American opponent seven times across the final three sets of the match to provide himself the opportunity to build a lead.

Carlos Alcaraz Rallies to Defeat Tommy Paul and Secure Wimbledon Semifinals Spot

Carlos Alcaraz, after a slow start, eventually found his rhythm, particularly against Tommy Paul’s serve. The 21-year-old Spaniard broke his American opponent seven times across the final three sets, allowing him to build a solid lead.

After three hours and 11 minutes, the three-time Grand Slam champion secured a victory, advancing to the Wimbledon semifinals for the second consecutive year.

Reflecting on his performance, Alcaraz said, “I believe that I can come back. If I am struggling a little bit, I try to find the solutions if the opponent is playing great tennis. I believe that, at the end, I will be able to come back and find solutions, the good rhythm.”

“Today’s match is an example. Even here at the Grand Slams, where the matches are longer, I have more time to come back, so I believe in myself the whole time,” he added.

Alcaraz’s determination and resilience were key to his victory, showcasing his ability to overcome challenges and succeed at the highest level.

Alcaraz will play in his second successive semifinal at
Alcaraz will play in his second successive semifinal at Wimbledon. 

Medvedev Awaits Alcaraz in Wimbledon Semifinals After Thrilling Win Over World No. 1 Sinner

Carlos Alcaraz will face Daniil Medvedev in the Wimbledon semifinals after the Russian triumphed over world No. 1 Jannik Sinner in a gripping five-set match on Centre Court on Tuesday.

Sinner claimed the opening set, but his performance was affected by an illness early in the second set. He called a medical timeout, during which doctors checked his pulse and took him off the court for further evaluation. Despite his best efforts, Sinner couldn’t maintain his early momentum, allowing Medvedev to secure a hard-fought victory.

This sets up a highly anticipated semifinal clash between Alcaraz and Medvedev, promising an exciting showdown at Wimbledon.

Medvedev Awaits Alcaraz in Wimbledon Semifinals After Battling Past Sinner

When he returned to the court, Medvedev looked like a renewed player, winning the next two sets. Although Sinner impressively took the fourth set, he ran out of steam in the final set, allowing Medvedev to secure his spot in the final four.

“It is very tough because I could feel he wasn’t moving that well,” Medvedev said on court after his victory when asked about Sinner. “You want to play more points to make him suffer a little bit more, and at the same time, you know at one point he is going to think he can’t run anymore and will go full power, and that is what he did.

“He had set points to win the third set. In a way, I would have preferred to not have this situation, but everything turned out well.”

Medvedev now faces Carlos Alcaraz in the semifinals. Last year, when they met at this stage, Alcaraz dropped just nine games to ease into his debut Wimbledon final, where he claimed his maiden Wimbledon title by defeating Novak Djokovic in a gripping five-set clash.When Alcaraz and Medvedev played in last year’s semifinal, the Spaniard dropped just nine games to ease into his debut Wimbledon final; Alcaraz won his maiden Wimbledon title by beating Novak Djokovic in a gripping five-set clash.

Fans are eagerly anticipating this rematch, with both players in top form and ready to deliver another exciting showdown at Wimbledon.


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