The most serious Alcaraz was in the semifinals of Buenos Aires


He didn’t smile like other times, the way his technical team and family demanded. But there will be no fault because the best look is saved for when the goal is achieved. And it was none other than the reaffirmation of the ATP 250 title on clay in Buenos Aires, Argentina Open.

His serious face was not due to worry or trouble. No, he barely allowed himself any joy as his interest in not losing an ounce of concentration got the better of him. Carlos Alcaraz, 20 years old and world No. 2, played a flawless match. Great merit, because he wears his overalls to work when he needs them.

Without common brilliance, even a mistake is not allowed. Solid and determined, he safely made it to the semi-finals of the tournament. He defeated Italian Andra Vavassori, 28 years old and 152nd in the world, from the qualifying phase, 7-6 (7-1) and 6-1 in 1h.40′.

This Saturday, not before 10:00 pm Central European Time, a crossing that carries greater risk. Semifinal against Chilean Nicolás Jarry or Argentine Tomás Martín Etcheverry.

Vavassori, a recent doubles finalist in Australia, tested the Murcian with his good serve percentage in the opening set. At 5-6, 30-30, in addition to the wind, a delicate situation for Alcaraz, he gave his best. Eight points in a row to go to a tiebreak and go 6-0. Learn how to run a meeting.

Charly certainly loves to dress up, but his coach Juan Carlos Ferrero probably likes how he responds to his challenge in every moment. Alcaraz handled this tie smartly. An exercise in maturity as a rehearsal for what comes later.

Nor did he deviate from his route in a second set where he immediately put himself on the road, emptying the transalpine tank of morale. He only conceded the 5-1 game to him to avoid a ‘donut’ he would not have deserved.

A sober Alcaraz. A version that you have to explain and have in appointments that require it. It looks good for the one from El Palmar, which is from less to more, because it cannot happen after so long not competing, especially after not stepping on clay. It was rolled, with plenty saved for when it had to be put on the Guillermo Vilas Court of the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club.

Source: La Verdad


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