Alcaraz wins battle of 20-year-olds


A Wimbledon final between Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic is a strong possibility after the Spaniard settled with Holger Rune in one of the tournament’s quarter-finals yesterday.

Alcaraz ended the battle of the young Turks with 7-6, 6-4 and 6-4. It is the first time in the Open era that two players under the age of 21 have faced each other in a quarter-final on Wimbledon’s grass courts.

The Madrid native instantly became the youngest player since Novak Djokovic’s heroics in 2007 to qualify for the semi-finals of the tournament. He is next in action against Daniil Medvedev.

“It is one of my biggest tennis dreams to perform well at Wimbledon; it’s an incredible tournament. I am satisfied with my performances and did not think that I would do so well on the playing surface,” said Alcaraz.

He hit 35 game-winning shots and impressed seniors with his agility on the court.

“In the second set, I started to enjoy things and played with a big smile – after all, this is the key to success.”

The victory means that Alcaraz has now won six of his last seven matches against top ten opponents.

His only defeat was against Djokovic in the semifinals of the French Open.


Carlos Alcaraz beat Holger Rune 7-6, 6-4 and 6-4

Daniil Medvedev beats Christopher Eubanks 6-4, 1-6, 4-6, 7-6 and 6-1

Our Jabeur beat Elena Rybakina with 6-7, 6-4 and 6-1

Aryna Sabalenka beat Madison Keys 6-2 and 6-4

Today’s terms:

Elina Svitolina vs Marketa Vondrousova (semi-final)

Our Jabeur against Aryna Sabalenka (semi-final)