Alcaraz Beats Rune In Record-Breaking Youngest-Ever Wimbledon Quarterfinal

Alcaraz Beats Rune In Record-Breaking Youngest-Ever Wimbledon Quarterfinal

by Zachary Wimer

Carlos Alcaraz defeated Holger Rune in the youngest-ever Wimbledon quarterfinal to reach his maiden semifinals at the event.

Even before the two 20-year-olds met in the quarterfinal match on the Centre Court, it was clear that the match would break the record for the youngest-ever match in the last eight. But the two rising stars on the ATP Tour didn't care about that, all they cared about was the semifinal spot.

After his fourth-round win, Alcaraz said that he was hungry for more success, and Rune's confidence was quite similar as he said that he was not afraid. It was their first meeting at a Grand Slam tournament, but not on the surface that they would have probably wanted to meet on.

Yet, the cards were dealt, and the second the match started, it was clear that one of the two will replace Jannik Sinner as the youngest semifinalist at the event. The Italian held the record only for one day after winning his quarterfinal match on Tuesday.

In the match of two prodigies, there was a break point already in the first game, and it was the young Dane who had it. But after he couldn't use it, the set reached the tie-break, and the World No. 1 proved to be the better player, winning it 7-3.

The Spaniard didn't want to let things slip out of his hands, and he did everything possible to prevent that from happening in the second set. He held his serve comfortably, and when he got the only chance of the set to break in the ninth game, he used it.

Confirming the break with a hold, Alcaraz was now leading by two sets, and Rune left the court after the second set. Yet, it didn't help him as the top seed used also his second break point, to lead by a break once again.

Although Alcaraz didn't use his third break point, which was also a match point, in the ninth game, he didn't need it as he served out the match in the next game, winning 7-6(3), 6-4, 6-4 to reach his maiden Wimbledon semifinal. Among the last four, he will be playing against Daniil Medvedev who defeated Christopher Eubanks.


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