In the post match press conference, the Spaniard analyzed his victory
Carlos Alcaraz got the semifinals of an ATP Masters 1000 event for the seventh time in his career. He did it at the Western & Southern Open, in Cincinnati, beating Max Purcell in another very complicated match.The Spaniard is not expressing his best tennis, but he still found a way to overcome both Jordan Thompson, Tommy Paul and, indeed, Max Purcell in three sets.The Australian has surprised everyone in recent weeks and has not disfigured against the world number one.
Purcell put Alcaraz in serious difficulty, playing tennis that was as spectacular as it was effective, and only the details made the difference.The tennis player from Sydney missed several shots at the net in his last innings, and sent along a comfortable forehand in the game that could have reopened the game.
Alcaraz: “I have to raise my level”
In the post match press conference, the Spaniard analyzed his victory: “I didn’t know my opponent much before the match, but he really impressed me.cHe serves really well, plays discreetly on the net.
It was really hard for me. I’m really happy I beat him and got through. I’m playing well, obviously not my best tennis. I can raise the bar. But I feel that the opponents, when they face me, play well. I’ve always felt the love of the crowd here in Cincinnati, and it’s very beautiful.
I’m really grateful to get all this support.”In the semifinals, Alcaraz will challenge Hubert Hurkacz for the second consecutive week. The Pole came close to victory and stopped only at the tie-break of the third set.Alcaraz told of his next opponent: “We played a great game in New York.cIn Cincinnati, the field is faster, so the conditions suit his game better.
I will have to express my best level to beat him. He is playing well and it will be a very interesting semi-final for both us and the public.cLong games before the US Open? After this tournament, I will have one week to recover.
So it doesn’t really matter if I play the third set or not. Obviously, the less time you spend on the court, the more time you have to recover.”