Carlos Alcaraz compared to Djokovic

Carlos Alcaraz dominates Casper Ruud to reach Marbella semi-finals

Carlos Alcaraz produced a stunning display to dismantle Casper Ruud and reach the semi-finals of the Andalucia Open on Friday.

The 17-year-old Spaniard beat the Norwegian 6-2, 6-4 in an hour and 20 minutes in the quarter-finals of the ATP 250 event in Marbella. Alcaraz unleashed a barrage of winners from the baseline, and broke the world No. 26 five times.

The world No. 133 became the youngest player to reach an ATP semi-final since Alexander Zverev at Hamburg in 2014.

“Well, it has been a great match against a great player,” Alcaraz said in an on-court interview.

“Casper Ruud is obviously a really good tennis player, so I had to play a good game. Try to be aggressive all the time.

“I feel really comfortable here in Marbella, on court. So, I try to play a good game.

“I try to don’t think about that (being the youngest ATP semi-finalist since Zverev), I try to play my game. Try to be focused all the time.”

The 17-year-old will face compatriot Jaume Munar in the last four on Saturday and he could become the youngest player to reach an ATP final since his idol Rafael Nadal at Auckland in 2004.

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