Carlos Alcaraz is already in the semifinals of the Miami Open, just two steps away from revalidating the crown in the Masters 1000 and consolidating his number one. Taylor Fritz, the man who was able to defeat Rafa Nadal in last year's Indian Wells final, couldn't find the key to defeating the fittest man on the circuit, with Novak Djokovic's permission. The Murcian still does not give up a single set in his streak of ten consecutive victories on American soil this year. Fritz was dispatched 6-4, 6-2 in one hour and 18 minutes.
The Spaniard came out determined to do damage from the start, displacing Fritz with his backhand and finishing with winners on his right. He also pulled the same tactic that gave him such a good result against Paul, very involved in track on the second service of his rival, looking for winning remains. That's how he converted the first break.
It didn't take long for the match to drop off high-carat tennis, with Fritz thoroughly employed and Alcaraz thwarting every attempt by the American to dominate the points. The world number 10 pulled his best resources and the Spaniard responded with something better. Right-handers at 180 kilometers per hour, backhand winners in full exercise of defense and their already classic left. The mere attempt to maintain his serve was quite a feat for the first American racket. Almost 10 minutes he had it on court to score the first with his serve.
Still, the match could have been balanced. The best tennis player in the world had to save two break points in the following games, resolved in extremis by El Palmar. Alcaraz is not dizzying in decisive moments, and the public is increasingly grateful for it. In Miami, and even playing against an American, he has a large part of the stands on his side.
Alcaraz made it 6-4 in 46 minutes, determined not to turn the match into a drama or a memorable contest. He took three break points on Fritz's first serve of the second set and converted the first to put distance immediately. The Californian began to feel the frustration, giving points to the Murcia, clearly thrown towards the finish line.
Fritz kept his composure as long as he could, but he could put the pressure on in the seventh game, with two double faults and an unforced error that put the Spaniard on the verge of another victory and his fourth Masters 1000 final. Alcaraz did not forgive and closed the match with a resounding 6-2.
In the semifinals awaits the Italian Janik Sinner, whom he already beat in the semifinals of Indian Wells in two sets. Of the five clashes between the two, three have fallen on the side of the Spaniard, who seems intractable at the moment.
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- Carlos Alcaraz