Carlos Alcaraz is just two matches away from defending his US Open title after defeating Alexander Zverev 6-3 6-2 6-4 in their quarter-final.
The powerful duo went at it in New York on Wednesday night as the 20-year-old Spaniard outclassed the world No. 12.
Alcaraz, who also has the Wimbledon title to his name, has only dropped one set all tournament as he continues to demonstrate his potential to be one of the finest players of the modern era.
Should he beat Daniil Medvedev in the semi-finals, he could conclude the tournament battling it out for the trophy with Novak Djokovic once more.
Asked about the prospect of another Djokovic showdown, he said: “It’s closer than at the beginning of the tournament. We’re just one match from that potential final. It could be great… but both of us have really tough semi-finals. So let’s see. Obviously, both of us are looking for that potential final.”
Zverev, who took a medical timeout after the second set, had few answers to his opponent’s blistering returns and groundstrokes – perhaps feeling the effects of his marathon win over Jannik Sinner in the fourth round.
“I’m very, very comfortable playing in this court, playing here in New York. I am showing my best level here,” Alcaraz said.
“Last year was very tough, since the fourth round I played five sets [to get to the final]. Here I’ve played just one match that has gone to four sets. I feel great physically and I’m ready to play a great battle with Medvedev in the semi-finals.”
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