The Serb wins two sets against the Alcaraz executioner and will aim for the final to confirm his 2021 triumph
MADRID, July 5th. (EUROPA PRESS) –
World no 5-7, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 and 6-2.
It was an intense battle lasting 3 hours and 35 minutes. It only took a handful of those minutes for Jannik Sinner to smash the originally intended script. It was the time when nervousness and unforced errors took hold of Novak Djokovic’s usual game of drawing lines from the back of the court, who was 4-1 and scoring a 5-1 with a “break” ball that solve the first manga would .
Instead, Carlos Alcaraz’s executioner rallied in the round of 16, leveling at 4 (4-4) against a ‘Nole’ captive of the intense rhythm Sinner involved him in, who committed two double faults to lose the advantage in the first set of the “battle” against the Italian “clone” of the main favorite at Wimbledon.
A right cross in the eleventh game gave Sinner the break that gave him the first set (7-5) in 57 minutes against a deranged rival who was in the center court stands looking for explanations to his coach Goran Ivanisevic, a “formerly” Croatian , which triumphed in the 1990s.
The second set was easier for a sinner, for whom two “breaks” in the third and seventh sets were enough to, in just over half an hour (36 minutes) of ordeal for a Djokovic who only had the heroic left, with 6: 2 to win the twenty-first ‘Grand Slam’ of his excellent curriculum.
The tennis returned to Djokovic’s racquet in the third set, a trace of the start of the tough battle they fought on the All England Club’s lawn which saw the Serb finish 4-1, moving the Italian from side to side in the Court that didn’t let up until 6:3 this time.
The ‘break’ of the opening game of the fourth set confirmed Djokovic’s ‘return’, now the roles have been switched for a dismantled sinner and who was the one who made more mistakes than wins, powerless against the best version of the Serb, stood 4-0 and was very close to the pulse for the semifinals.
At 5-2, a slip by Sinner restored Alexander Zverev’s image against Rafa Nadal in the semifinals of the last Roland Garros. The Transalpine bounced back from the setback, although in the end they lost the set 6-2 and saw their tremendous advantage gone.
Djokovic’s positive inertia extended into the final set where he broke serve in the third game and went for the crucial 3-1 lead. Ahead was still a sinner who had the semis within reach but saw a “Nole”, more official and demanding than usual, apply his serve formula, drop shots and an unrelenting right of return.
Djokovic’s rival looking for the final to retain his 2021 title and add the seventh victory in London will be the winner of the other quarter-final match between Belgian David Goffin and British Cameron Norrie this Tuesday.
In the women’s category, Germany’s Tatjana Maria beat her compatriot Jule Niemeier in three sets 4:6, 6:2 and 7:5 and also became the first semi-finalist of the tournament, where she meets the winner of the quarter-final match between Czech Marie Bouzkova and the Tunisian Ons Jabeur.