WATCH: Carlos Alcaraz switches on the style to axe Slam finalist
Carlos Alcaraz oozed quality as he secured his second ever top 10 victory and progress to the semi-finals of the ATP 500 Vienna Open.
Carlos Alcaraz met Wimbledon runner-up Matteo Berrettini for the first time on the tour in the quarter-finals of the Vienna Open.
The Spaniard raced to a dominant start, a double break seeing him go 5-0 up in the opening set.
The world number seven then managed the damage to claim a game, but Alcaraz still won the set 6-1.
A hard-fought second set brought a tiebreak, with Berrettini levelling the match by taking it 7-2.
Early in the third, Alcaraz pulled off a sumptuous bit of skill during a rally, but Berrettini was ready at the net to finish the point.
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Alcaraz did go up 3-1 in the decider before the Italian reeled him back in to bring the match back on serve. It remained that way until 6-6, forcing a deciding tiebreak.
The 18-year-old then outlasted Berrettini to claim the breaker 7-5 and seal his spot in the last four.
It is Alcaraz’s second top 10 win in as many months after the Spaniard defeated Roland Garros finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas in the third round of the US Open in September.
Moreover, the win means that Alcaraz will climb to a new career-high following the Vienna Open. Currently ranked 42nd, the teen will jump to at least world number 36. That is two spots higher than his career-best of 38.
Alcaraz will next face the winner of Alexander Zverev and Felix Auger-Aliassime for a spot in the final.
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