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Carlos Alcaraz overcomes early setback to reach Wimbledon semi-finals spot


By: Nana Kwame Bediako 

Defending Wimbledon champion Carlos Alcaraz showcased his resilience and tenacity as he overcame a sluggish start to defeat Tommy Paul in the quarter-finals on Tuesday, July 9th, 2024. Despite a shaky beginning and a total of 37 unforced errors, Alcaraz managed to clinch a 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 victory, demonstrating his championship mettle.

The match commenced with Tommy Paul taking an inspired lead, breaking Alcaraz’s serve with clinical precision to secure the first set and establish an early advantage.

Paul’s aggressive play and strategic serves left Alcaraz on the back foot, preventing the third seed from finding his rhythm in the initial stages.

The American’s confident performance in the first set hinted at a potential upset, as he adeptly avoided a tie-break and outmaneuvered Alcaraz. However, the defending champion’s determination shone through as he recalibrated his game plan and began to regain control in the second set.

Alcaraz’s comeback in the second set was marked by a noticeable shift in momentum. The Spaniard’s powerful groundstrokes and improved serve accuracy allowed him to level the playing field, taking the second set 6-4. With renewed confidence, Alcaraz dominated the subsequent sets, showcasing the skill and endurance that have defined his career. His ability to bounce back from a challenging start underscored his status as one of the sport’s premier talents.

The victory propels Alcaraz into the semi-finals, where he will face Daniil Medvedev in a highly anticipated rematch of last year’s semi-final. Medvedev earned his place by orchestrating an impressive upset over world No. 1 Jannik Sinner in a grueling five-set battle.

The upcoming clash between Alcaraz and Medvedev promises to be a thrilling encounter, with both players eager to prove their prowess on one of tennis’s grandest stages.

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