Carlos Alcaraz embodied his status as number one in the world and did not give Pablo Carreño an option in the Spanish duel of the Basel tournament that placed the Murcian in the semifinals that he will play against the Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime who previously got rid of the Kazakh Alexander Bublik. As happened months ago in the Conde Godó tournament, Alcaraz knocked out his friend Carreño in two sets: 6-3 and 6-4, in one hour and 38 minutes of play.
They will be the first semifinals for the tennis player from El Palmar since he settled at the top of the circuit after winning the United States Open, the fifth title so far this year for the Murcian along with the Masters 1000 in Madrid and Miami and the tournaments in Barcelona (Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell-Conde de Godó Tournament) and Rio de Janeiro. He completes his record with that of Umag, last year, the first of his career.
It took Alcaraz an hour and 41 minutes to carry out the duel with Carreño, champion this season of the Canadian Masters 1000, his seventh trophy and his greatest success together with the Olympic bronze in Tokyo 2020.
The number one who broke Carreño's serve in the fourth game maintained an impeccable course in the first set, maintained the imbalance and acquired the advantage on the scoreboard. The next round started better for Alcaraz because he was 2-0 up but his rival reacted and in the fourth he broke the Murcian's serve for the first time and managed to balance the situation.
But the big favorite got a new break at the right time, in the ninth game. He got to 5-4 and then consolidated to close out the win and move closer to the title.
Carlos Alcaraz will face Canadian Felix Auger Aliassime, third seeded and one of the most fit players at the moment, in the semifinals.
The champion in recent weeks in Florence and Antwerp, who has eleven wins in a row, beat Uzbek Alexander Bublik 6-2, 6-3.