Wimbledon 2023: Carlos Alcaraz offers a recital against Medvedev and the Wimbledon title and number one will be played against Djokovic
Carlos Alcaraz has made history this Friday, July 14. At just 20 years and 72 days old, he has become the fourth youngest player to qualify for the Wimbledon final. behind Boris Becker, Bjrn Borg and Rafael Nadal.
In the same way, he is only the third Spaniard to achieve it after Manolo Santana (1966) and Rafael Nadal (2006-2008 and 2010-11).
Alcaraz knew that he had to raise the level against Daniil Medvedev with respect to the quarterfinals with Holger Rune. And that is precisely what he did to close a score of 6-3, 6-3 and 6-3, in 1 hour and 50 minutes. After warming up with his brother Álvarothe Murcian came out plugged in, touching the ball cleaner than ever.
Statistics don’t lie and he had committed just five unforced errors in the opening set. Medvedev played perfect in all but one game: the eighth. He was wrong to serve with a drop shot and then his rival penalized him with an accurate rest of revs.
Carlitos faced the first ‘break’ ball against him in the second game of the continuation and saved it as if nothing had happened. It is what the chosen ones have and what makes them different from the rest.
Juan Carlos Ferrero’s pupil was very clear about tactics and went through aiming at the opponent’s backhand. Medvedev again asked for mercy to save his service with 1-1 and 15-40. It will not be able to neutralize the third. The break had been identical to the first set with a winning backhand return.
The figures for the player from El Palmar on the green carpet are already beginning to scare us: 15 games won and only two lost. The game was beginning to recall the monologue from the last Indian Wells final.
Alcaraz enjoyed the rest of the first three balls of the second set, with 5-3 and 0-40. The third time was the charm with another backhand that raised the dust of the white line.
More ‘Grand Slam’ finals before turning 21
Mats Wilander 5
Bjrn Borg 4
Boris Becker 3
Rafael Nadal 3
Carlos Alcaraz 2
André Agassi 2
Novak Djokovic 2
The best tennis player on the planet did not want his recital to end there. That is why he put on one more gear to make the difference in tennis even more evident between number one and number three in the world.
The Spanish got nervous when he was enjoying a 3-1 lead and served. A double fault brought his opponent back to the game. He returned to the scene immediately after with the 4-2 and lost the serve again. The third set was a roller coaster. Carlitos shook his head while sitting in the exchange chair. He rallied and won.
Daniil wondered in the preview how the premiere at the Wimbledon center was going to suit him. He now he already knows the answer. The owner of that track is Alcaraz, with the permission of Novak Djokovic.