ATP Next Gen Finals: Carlos Alcaraz and Sebastian Korda win

The young Spanish gun Carlos Alcaraz is the first player to qualify for the ATP Next Gen Finals semi-final. After beating Holger Rune in the first round-robin match, Carlos took down the 4th seed Brandon Nakashima 4-3, 4-1, 4-3 in the second encounter to book a place in the last four. Alcaraz needed an hour and 26 minutes to beat the American, firing ten aces and fending off four out of five break chances, all that while serving at 52%! Nakashima faced two break points and failed to defend any of them, losing ground in the shortest and most extended exchanges to fall in straight sets. Carlos saved two break points at the beginning of the match, and Brandon opened a 2-1 gap with a strong forehand in game three. Alcaraz wrapped up the fourth game with a forehand winner and introduced a tie break with a hold at 30 at 2-3.

Carlos Alcaraz is through to the semi-final in Milan.

The Spaniard cracked a backhand down the line winner at 4-3 to grab a mini-break and sealed the breaker with a smash winner at 6-4. Carlos broke at 15 in the second set’s second game and held with a service winner to move 3-0 in front. Serving for the set at 3-1, the Spaniard claimed the deciding point after forcing the opponent’s mistake and moved closer to the finish line. Alcaraz painted another forehand winner at 1-1 in the third set to grab a break, and Nakashima pulled it back in the next one to extend the duel. The set went into a tie break, and the Spaniard landed aces at 3-2 to build the lead.

Serving at 6-4, Alcaraz fired another booming serve  to move over the top and secure a place in the semis. The 2nd seed Sebastian Korda ousted Sebastian Baez 4-3, 4-2, 4-2 in an hour and 13 minutes, securing his second victory of the competition and looking good to join Alcaraz in the last four. The American dropped only three points behind the first serve and saved two out of three break points to keep the pressure on the other side. Baez got broken three times, beating his rival in the more extended rallies but suffering in the shortest range up to four strokes without gaining more free points with his initial shot. 

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