Carlos Alcaraz reaches first grand slam semifinal after marathon, late-night finish against Jannik Sinner
Carlos Alcaraz holds the longest ever winning streak of a tennis player on clay, as he reached the biggest win in his career against Jannik Sinner in the first round of Wimbledon in a marathon, late-night match in a 6-2, 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 win on Wednesday. (Reuters)
Carlos Alcaraz is finally beginning to find his rhythm
Carlos Alcaraz reached his first grand slam semifinal after marathon, late-night finish against Jannik Sinner in the first round of Wimbledon Wednesday.
After receiving a call and email from his friend Carlos Martin in the middle of the night, the 35-year-old Spaniard decided to play with Martin in the mixed doubles match.
Alcaraz, who had just finished the final set, made the move against the clock. The two of them entered the arena in the middle of the night, at around 8 p.m. local time. They came out of the locker rooms and sat down on the court to warm up and enjoy time together before the start of Wednesday’s match started. They had to finish an hour earlier than usual.
“I was getting ready to leave, and there was this phone call from Carlos,” Alcaraz said. “He said he was sick, so I just went ahead with him. I was on my way to the court.”
Alcaraz, the world No. 20, had his work cut out for him. He was playing an opponent who is known for being one of the best players of his generation. In the end, Alcaraz played his way into the match, and this time it really didn’t matter how the match went.
Alcaraz, who has six major titles and the