Alcaraz, New No. 1 Sinner Roll Into A Friday French Open Semifinal Blockbuster

by Staff | June 4th, 2024, 6:25 pm

There was plenty of drama off the court in the men’s draw Tuesday with Novak Djokovic withdrawing, but on the court there wasn’t any such intrigue.

Jannik Sinner hammered Grigor Dimitrov for a fourth straight time 6-2, 6-4, 7-6(3) to make the French Open semifinals for a first time.

“I am very happy. We have played a couple of times before and know what to expect,” Sinner said to the ATP. “We played a final in Miami and it is always tough to play against him. He is such a great talent and nice guy. My performance was very solid, especially the first two sets. I had a little bit of pressure when serving for the match, but this is normal, this is tennis. I am happy with how I played later and to be in the semis.”

Dimitrov, playing in his first French quarterfinal, made things interesting late breaking back in the third to eventually force a breaker, but Sinner was too strong.

In addition to reaching his third semifinal in his last four Slams, Sinner improves to 12-0 in Slams this year and 33-2 overall in 2024.

And of course with Djokovic pulling out, Sinner will become the No. 1 on Monday.

“What can I say. First of all it is every player’s dream to become No. 1 in the world,” Sinner said. “In the other way, seeing Novak retiring here I think is disappointing. I wish him a speedy recovery.”

In the evening, tournament favorite Carlos Alcaraz continued his total domination over Stefanos Tsitsipas with a 6-3, 7-6(3), 6-4 win. He’s now 6-0 against the Greek after the 2 hour affair.

“I think it was a really good match. I played great. I think there weren’t up and downs in my game. I controlled very well my emotions, myself on the court,” Alcaraz said. “I was really calm in the moments I had to be and I’m really happy with the way that I managed everything, the way that I played and to play a semifinal here again in Roland Garros.”

Alcaraz and Sinner will renew their blossoming rivalry on Friday. Two two are knotted at 4-4 with Sinner winning their lone clay meeting in the 2022 Umag final. They last met at Indian Wells with Alcaraz coming through in the semifinals.

“It’s a really difficult challenge,” Alcaraz said of facing Sinner. “Right now, he’s the best player in the world, or the player who is playing the best tennis right now. What can I say about him? We’ve played great matches, high level, and I’m glad to have him in the tour at this level.

“Thanks to him, I push myself to be better, to be a better player, to give my 100 per cent every day, to wake up in the morning and want to improve my game to try to beat him.

“I love watching him play, as well. I’m ready to take that challenge. It is the match that everybody wants to watch, and I’m sure he’s going to show his best tennis – myself, as well, and we’re going to see who’s going to win.”

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3 Comments for Alcaraz, New No. 1 Sinner Roll Into A Friday French Open Semifinal Blockbuster

skeezer Says:

Alcarez / Sinner would have been the final. Oh well gonna a be one heckava Semi!

skeezer Says:

would = should

skeezer Says:

Congratulations to the new #1

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