Murcia (Spain), Mar 17 (EFE) Murcian tennis player, who has a baggage of 12 wins and a single loss at the start of the season.
Alcaraz, 19 years old and number 2 player in the world -he will be the 1st, unseating Serbian Novak Djokovic if he wins the title in California-, is already in the semifinals of this tournament, in which he will meet in the fight to access the final the Italian Jannik Sinner.
The pupil of Juan Carlos Ferrero, who overcame Auger-Aliassime taking revenge for the three previous defeats conceded against Montreal in three games and did so with a double 6-4.
Now, his rival will be a Sinner who was measured four times on the circuit with a balanced baggage of two wins for each one. Alcaraz prevailed in the last one, 6-3, 6-7 (7), 6-7 (0), 7-5 and 6-3 in the quarterfinals of the United States Open that he would end up conquering and also in the first, which occurred in the third round of the 2021 Paris Bercy Masters 1,000 by 7-6 (1) and 7-5.
In between, already in 2022, Sinner defeated the man from El Palmar in the third round of Wimbledon by 1-6, 4-6, 7-6 (8) and 3-6 and in the final of the ATP 250 of Umag by 6- 7 (5), 1-6 and 1-6.
Against San Cándido, Carlos will seek his thirteenth win in 14 games, which would allow him to surpass his numbers from the start of 2022, a year that would end at the top of world tennis.
Then he was able to win two matches at the Australian Open against the Chilean Alejandro Tabilo and the Serbian Dusan Lajovic and then fell against the Italian Matteo Berrettini and later took the ATP 500 in Rio de Janeiro, successively beating the Mallorcan Jaime Munar, the Argentine Federico Delbonis, the Italians Berrettini and Fabio Fognini and, already in the final, the Argentine Diego Schwartzman.
His next victim was the Romanian Marius Copil in the Davis Cup before advancing four rounds precisely in Indian Wells, where last year he got rid of the American Mackenzie McDonald, Roberto Bautista from Castellón, the French Gael Monfils and the British Cameron Norrie. The streak was cut short in the semifinals, a round he will face this weekend, at the hands of the Mallorcan Rafa Nadal, who beat him 4-6, 6-4, 3-6.
In this edition of the tournament Alcaraz defeated the Australian Thanassi Kokkinakis, the Dutch Tallon Griekspoor, the British Jack Draper and Auger-Aliassime.
The man from Palma had just lost in the fight for the title in Rio against Norrie in a match that ended up injured and had reached that final after winning the Brazilian Mateus Alves, Fognini, Lajovic and the Chilean Nicolás Jarry in that order.
The year, after the two injuries that he sustained in the final stretch of 2022, Alcaraz began by winning the ATP 250 title in Buenos Aires. There he beat the Serbs Laslo Djere and Lajovic, the Valencian Bernabé Zapata and Norrie.