Carlos Alcaraz, a rising star in the world of tennis, continues to impress with his strong performances, determination, and fearless attitude. The 20-year-old from Murcia has taken a significant step forward in his career by reaching the semifinals of the ATP Finals for the first time, defeating Daniil Medvedev with a score of 6-4 and 6-4. Alcaraz’s achievement makes him the youngest player to reach this stage since his compatriot Rafael Nadal in the 2006 edition held in Shanghai.
Throughout the Masters tournament, Alcaraz has shown great progress and resilience. Despite losing his first match against Alexander Zverev, he has consistently displayed remarkable skill and game improvement throughout the week in Turin. As a reward for finishing at the top of the red group, Alcaraz will face Novak Djokovic in what promises to be an exciting match and an emerging rivalry in the world of tennis. The other semifinal will see Jannik Sinner confront Medvedev.
The organizers and officials of the men’s circuit couldn’t be happier with the outcome of the tournament. Having sold out all the tickets, they now have the four best players on the planet competing against each other. It is the fourth time this has happened since 1990. Alcaraz from El Palmar is the only player who has truly challenged Djokovic this season. This will be their fifth face-off, with a tie of two victories each in their previous encounters. The most recent match between them was in the final of the Cincinnati Masters 1000. However, before that, Alcaraz made a big impact by winning the Wimbledon title.
Alcaraz, who secure the season-ending world No. 2 ranking just ahead of Medvedev, captivated the 15,000 spectators in attendance at the Alpitour court with his exceptional performance. Under the guidance of his coach Juan Carlos Ferrero, Alcaraz broke the game in the seventh game with an impressive break. Despite already being qualified, Medvedev refused to surrender and continued fighting for the 200 points, $390,000 prize money, and the lead in the ranking for Masters 1000 and ATP Finals. The top 30 players in the ranking will also share a lucrative bonus of $20,000.
Carlos Alcaraz’s achievement places him among the elite group of Spanish tennis players who have reached the semifinals of the ATP Cup Masters. Joining the ranks of Manolo Orantes, Sergi Bruguera, Álex Corretja, Carlos Moyá, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Rafael Nadal, and David Ferrer, Alcaraz becomes the eighth member of the ‘Armada’ to make it to this stage. With Alcaraz’s victory, the match between Alexander Zverev and Andrey Rublev at the end of the day becomes inconsequential for the standings.