The makings of a champion They are displayed in different ways. Sometimes they are seen in a pristine game that leaves the rival without an answer. Others, in the spirit of struggle unattainable to discouragement. And there are others, such as the semifinal of the United States Open that this Wednesday they have played Carlos Alcaraz and Alexander Zverevin which what is imposed are the ability to solve and gradually improve until victory is achievedeven without reaching full brilliance.
This is what the man from El Palmar has shown, who has been improving as the German was measured and with the 6-3, 6-2 and 6-4 it’s back in the semifinals of the last big one of the year, the The only person under 21 years of age to achieve it in consecutive years since André Agassi between 1988 and 1990.
There the number 3 in the world awaits him and New York champion a year before him: Daniel Medvedevwho got rid of his friend Andrey Rublev in his match hours before also in three sets (6-3, 6-3 and 6-4).
“One day a player will die”
Some and others played in the hellish hot and humid conditions that are lived these days in New York, an implacable sauna that is making the players suffer. And those conditions have led Medvedev to be more open than anyone. “Someday a player is going to die.”, warned in the middle of his game. Later in the press conference he defended his frankness, and the debate for the search for solutions: “better talk a little before something happens.”
The match with Zverev
I knew well of those conditions Zverevwho had suffered them on Monday in his 281-minute night marathon against Jannik Sinner, a match that he raised above the 15 hours the time he had spent on the track to get into the quarterfinals (against the eight hours and 36 minutes from Alcaraz). And probably the whole set passed invoice, physical and mental to that of Hamburg.
It’s something that Alcaraz took advantage, further efficient What else in the first set. because they came back again errors and inaccuracies with the first serve that they have seen in recent games, but also the ability to seize the slightest opportunity. And after saving two break points in the seventh game, he was the one to break Zverev at the first opportunity. And already with 5-3 and service tuned. There he did hit the first services, there he served his only direct serve of that sleeve, and there he took the set. It is a teacher effectiveness.
In a second alcaraz raised the level of play. More of his flashes were seen, such as a spectacular backhand cross to steal the first of two serves that broke the German. And in the third set the tone remained: effective defense, precise attack, the perfect drop shot at the right moment… And in exactly two and a half hours, Alcaraz sealed the victory. On Friday, Medvedev.