Alcaraz Advances To Buenos Aires SFs, Norrie Makes Comeback

by Staff | February 18th, 2023, 12:38 am
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Top seed Carlos Alcaraz rolled into the semifinals at Buenos Aires thumping Dusan Lajovic 6-4, 6-2 in the quarters on Friday.

The former No. 1 lost just three points on first serve in the second set.

“I think I played really, really well from the beginning until the last ball, the last point,” Alcaraz said to the ATP. “I knew that it was going to be really, really difficult. Dusan is playing great on clay, a great player, a really tough one.”

The 34-year-old Lajovic falls to 2-12 against Top 5 players and 0-2 against Alcaraz.

Alcaraz reaches his 14th career semifinal where the teen will face Bernabe Zapata Miralles who was a winner in three over Francisco Cerundolo to make his debut at a tour semi.

Second-seeded Cameron Norrie topped also reached the last four dispatching Argentina’s Tomas Martin Etcheverry in three sets 5-7, 6-0, 6-3 in a first-time meeting. The 27-year-old Norrie came from a set down to roll winning 12 of the last 15 games to reach his 21st career tour semifinal.

Next for Norrie is Juan Pablo Varillas who toppled the 3rd-seeded Lorenzo Musetti 6-4, 6-4. Varillas, ranked 101st, Varillas broke the Italian 20-year-old’s serve four times in the match to advance to his first tour-level semifinal.

So in the semifinals tomorrow, it’s Alcaraz vs Zapata Miralles in a rematch from the French and Cameron Norrie vs Varillas in a first-time meeting.

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