Alcaraz, the 20-year-old world number two, reaches the quarter-finals for the first time at the Australian Open

World number two tennis player Carlos Alcaraz of Spain beat Miomir Kecmanovic 6:4, 6:4 and 6:0 at the Australian Open and will play in the quarter-finals for the first time in Melbourne.

In the semi-final, he will face the German Alexander Zverev, who beat the British Cameron Norrie 7:5, 3:6, 6:3, 4:6 and 7:6 in five sets.

Alcaraz, 20, controlled the match from the start and in the third set he gave the “canary” to Kecmanović.

The winner of last year's Wimbledon and the 2022 US Open continues his brilliant performance at the Australian Open, where his highest level so far has been the third round.

“Everything went almost perfectly for me. I forced him to the rim in every rally,” Alcaraz boasted.

“In each set I was also able to take advantage of the opportunities offered. And it is also possible that the opponent was not completely 100%, because he had two difficult matches in five sets behind him,” he said. he adds.

The former world number one's next opponent will be German Alexander Zverev, winner of Norrie in four hours. The match was interrupted in the third set due to a protest by a Palestine supporter.

Russian Daniil Medvedev is also in the quarter-finals of the first Grand Slam of the season. The world number three beat Portugal's Nuno Borges 6:3, 7:6, 5:7, 6:1.

Medvedev, winner of the 2021 US Open, made the top eight in Melbourne for only the third time.

He reached the final in 2021 and 2022, but last year he finished in the 3rd round. In the match he played twenty fewer winning balls than Borges, but the Portuguese also made 66 unforced errors.

“In the third set it was physically demanding because he was playing very aggressively. As soon as I didn't hit the shot aggressively enough or far enough, he went for it immediately,” Medvedev emphasized.

“After the third set, I was just hoping it wouldn’t be five, and I’m glad it wasn’t,” sighed the winner.

In the quarterfinals, he will face Hubert Hurkacz, who beat Frenchman Arthur Cazaux 7:6, 7:6, 6:4. The Pole, who beat Jakub Menšík in five sets in the 2nd round, reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open for the first time in his career.

Winning tie-breaks in the first and second sets helped him defeat the world's 122nd ranked player, Cazaux. The nine players in the tournament only lost their serve once in the match.

Australian Open Tennis in Melbourne (hard court, prize pool of AUD 86.5 million):

Men:

Singles – 4th round: Alcaraz (2-Sp.) – Kecmanovic (Serb) 6:4, 6:4, 6:0, Medvedev (3-Rus.) – Borges (Portugal) 6:3, 7:6 (7:4), 5 :7, 6:1, Zverev (6-German) – Norrie (19-British) 7:5, 3:6, 6:3, 4:6, 7:6 (10:3), Hurkacz (9- Pol .) – Cazaux (Fr.) 7:6 (8:6), 7:6 (7:3), 6:4.

Doubles – 3rd round: PavlasekBehar (CZ/Uruguay) – González, Skupski (5-Mex./Brit.) 3:6, 7:6 (7:1), 6:4.

Women:

Singles – 4th round: Noskova (Czech Republic) – Svitolina (19-Ukrainian) 3:0 scratch, Cheng Chin-wen (12-China) – Dodinová (Fr.) 6:0, 6:3, Jastremska (Ukrainian) – Azarenkova (18-Běl. ) 7:6 (8:6), 6:4, Kalinská (Rus.) – Paoliniová (26-It.) 6:4, 6:2.

Doubles – 3rd round: KrejčíkováSiegemundová (5-CR/Germany) – Navarrová, Šnajderová (USA/Russia) 6:4, 6:0.

Juniors:

2nd round: Kum State (Czech Republic) – Robertson (Great Britain) 6:7 ​​(4:7), 7:6 (7:1), 6:3, Rottgering (Netherlands) – Dirt (7-CR) 6:1, 6:3.

Doubles – 1st round: Kum StateBudkov Kjaer (8-CZ/Nor.) – Hazratwala, Joyce (Aust.) 1:6, 6:3, 10:8.

Junior girls:

Doubles – 1st round: Pastry shopStuseková (Czech Republic/Germany) – Esquivaová, Chang Ga-ul (4-Sp./Kor.) 6:4, 3:6, 10:2, Nijkampová, Valdmann (Netherlands/Czech Republic) – Berteaová, Buchniková (Romania/Izr.) 6:0, 6:2.

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