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Wimbledon: Carlos Alcaraz tops Holger Rune in young guns clash

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World no. 1 Carlos Alcaraz is through into his first Wimbledon semi-final! Carlos met his coeval Holger Rune in the quarter-final on Centre Court and scored a 7-6, 6-4, 6-4 triumph for a place in his third Major semi-final at 20. The Spaniard defended a break point in the encounter’s first game and served well to keep the pressure on the other side. Rune lost the opening set tie break and got broken once in sets two and three each to hit the exit door and propel Alcaraz in the last four. Carlos defended his second serve nicely and landed 35 winners and 13 unforced errors. Holger added 26 winners and 21 unforced errors, giving his everything but losing ground in the crucial moments. Alcaraz made a slow start and faced a break point in the encounter’s first game. He denied it with a powerful serve and held to avoid an early setback. Both players served well in the rest of the set, dictating the pace behind the initial shot and arranging a tie break.

Carlos Alcaraz will compete in his first Wimbledon semi-final at 20.

The Dane hit a double fault at 3-3 to fall behind, and the Spaniard forced the rival’s mistake in the ninth point for 6-3. Carlos landed a backhand return winner on his first set point to wrap up the opener and gain a boost. They lost only 11 points behind the initial shot in the second set, and Alcaraz grabbed four in the ninth game to make the difference. Rune barely lost a point behind the initial stroke in the opening four service games and stayed in touch with the world’s best player. Carlos stepped in at 4-4 and landed a return winner to grab a break and forge the advantage.

Alcaraz held at 15 in the tenth game to generate two sets to love lead after an hour and 40 minutes and move closer to the finish line. There was nothing to separate them at the start of the third set, and Rune served at 2-2. He lost ground and netted a backhand right after the serve to experience a break at 15 and push Alcaraz closer to the top. The Spaniard produced two holds at 15 to open a 5-3 gap and earned a match point on the return in game nine. Holger saved it and held to reduce the deficit and prolong his chances. However, Carlos emerged at the top on his fourth match point at 5-4 to set the semi-final clash against Daniil Medvedev. 

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