Umag: Alcaraz had to work hard to reach the final

Mathieu WARNIER, Media365, published on Saturday July 30, 2022 at 8:58 p.m.

Faced with an eye-catching Giulio Zeppieri, Carlos Alcaraz had to go in three sets to win and validate his ticket for the final of the ATP tournament in Umag, during which he will defend the title won last season.

Carlos Alcaraz ended up having the last word. Seeded number 1 and defending champion at Umag, the Spaniard had to work to get the better of Giulio Zeppieri. The Italian qualifier was the first to get a break point in the second game but failed to take advantage of it. The world number 5, meanwhile, insisted in stride and knew how to take the lead in order to lead three games to one. However, Carlos Alcaraz was not sovereign in the exchange and Giulio Zeppieri did not go far to take advantage of it to pick up. By dint of insisting, the 168th player in the world achieved his goals and equalized in four games everywhere. The Italian even had three set points on the service of the Spaniard, without success being there. Sharper, Carlos Alcaraz replied with the break then the win of the set on his service.

Alcaraz trembled

An advantage that the seeded number 1 could have consolidated if he had not missed the two break points obtained from the first game of the second set. A failure that the native of Murcia bitterly regretted later in the set. Indeed, Giulio Zeppieri was opportunistic in order to take the service to equalize at one set everywhere. Annoyed by this scenario, Carlos Alcaraz started the last set with a toothache. Taking his opponent’s service twice, the world number 5 quickly led three games to nothing… but Giulio Zeppieri inflicted the same treatment on him to return to contact. Not disconcerted, the Spaniard returned to the fight and, again chaining three games, sealed the fate of the match (7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in 2h52 ‘), qualifying for his second final in a row Umag.

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