Despite a flounder in the first set, Carlos Alcaraz still had too much ammunition for Matteo Berrettini at Wimbledon.
The Spanish tennis star finished the showdown with 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 and 6-3 to force a quarter-final meeting with Holger Rune.
According to Alcaraz, he knew in advance that Berrettini would not be cannon fodder on the grass court – after all, the Italian had already been in action in the final before.
“Matteo is a very good player and it was almost an uphill battle when I lost the first set. However, I am working hard on my mindset and concentration on the court and I am very grateful that I was able to fight back,” he said.
Although he does not want to look too far into the future – one match at a time is the best approach – he has already indicated that he would like to cross rackets with Novak Djokovic in the final.
“It’s not just tennis fans who are looking forward to the possible duel, I’m looking forward to it myself.”
Earlier during the French Open in Paris, Alcaraz came second against the Serbian when he lost in four sets with 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 and 6-1.
Djokovic is playing today in one of the quarter-finals against Russia’s Andrey Rublev.
Carlos Alcaraz beats Matteo Berrettini 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 and 6-3
Holger Rune beats Grigor Dimitrov 3-6, 7-6, 7-6 and 6-3
Christopher Eubanks beats Stefanos Tsitsipas 3-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-4 and 6-4
Our Jabeur beat Petra Kvitova 6-0 and 6-3
Aryna Sabalenka beat Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-4 and 6-0
Madison Keys beat Mirra Andreeva 3-6, 7-6 and 6-2.