'Embarrassing How Average Alcaraz Was Making Tsitsipas Look': Says Henman

'Embarrassing How Average Alcaraz Was Making Tsitsipas Look': Says Henman

by Alex Waite

Carlos Alcaraz's level of quality on display during his Roland Garros quarter-final win over Stefanos Tsitsipas left pundit Tim Henman stunned.

Alcaraz raced to a three sets victory against world number five Tsitsipas and the Spanish player comfortably won 6-2, 6-1, 7-6. Although Tsitsipas later admitted that he wasn't at his best due to scheduling sleep and melatonin pills, the standard Alcaraz showed in the emphatic win cannot be underestimated.

After his one-sided victory against Tsitsipas, Alcaraz has received widespread praise for the way he dispatched a potentially tricky opponent with such ease. During his punditry role with Eurosport, Tim Henman praised the way Alcaraz dominated, which was made even more impressive against a player of Tsitsipas' ability.

"I think sometimes when you see these great players in the early rounds of Grand Slams, yes there can be a big gulf in the level, the quality, the ability of players,"

Henmann told Eurosport

"But Tsitsipas is five in the world, he's won Masters 1000s, we're talking about him [potentially] being a Grand Slam champion. And for those first two and a half sets it was borderline embarrassing how average Alcaraz was making Tsitsipas look."

Looking back on Alcaraz's win over Tsitsipas, Henman also believed that world number one controlled the game expertly. As a result, he gave his opponent little chance to play and influence the match.

"Tsitsipas was looking to try and implement his game plan, but he wasn't allowed - there was just no area of Alcaraz's game that he could attack."

The 20-year-old has set up a tantalising semi-final clash with two-time Roland Garros winner Novak Djokovic following the quarter-final victory. The captivating semi-final encounter takes place on Friday, June 9 on Court Philippe Chatrier and it will be just the second time the ATP powerhouses will meet, with Alcaraz defeating Djokovic in the only previous match in 2022.


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