Carlos Alcaraz has advanced to his maiden Wimbledon semifinal…
In a clash between two 20-year-olds, the Spaniard triumphed over Holger Rune on Wednesday, defeating he Dane 7-6(3), 6-4, 6-4, to become the youngest semifinalist at the All England Club since Novak Djokovic in 2007.
Alcaraz’s match against the World No. 6 Rune was the first men’s Wimbledon quarterfinal battle in the Open Era (since 1968) to be contested between two players aged under 21 and both played with youthful freedom on Centre Court to entertain the packed crowd.
They went blow for blow with their destructive shot-making for two hours and 20 minutes, but the World No. 1 Alcaraz had the answers in the big moments.
“It is amazing for me,” Alcaraz said. “It is a dream since I started playing tennis, making good results here at Wimbledon, such a beautiful and great tournament for me. It is a dream to play a semi-final here. I think I am playing at a great level. I did not expect to play at such a great level on this surface. For me it is crazy.”
With his 45th tour-level victory of the season, Alcaraz advanced to his third major semifinal and improved to 2-1 in his ATP Head2Head series against Rune, having defeated the Dane en route to the 2021 Next Gen ATP Finals title.
“It was tough. At the beginning I was really nervous, playing a quarterfinal at Wimbledon and even more against Rune, who is the same age as me,” Alcaraz said. “He plays at a great level and it was tough to play against him. But I have said it a few times, once you take to court you are not friends you have to be focused on your side and I think I did great on that part.”
Standing in the Spaniard’s way from a second major final will be World No. 3 Daniil Medvedev, who earned his 46th victory of the season against Christopher Eubanks on Wednesday, defeating the American in five sets.