Carlos Alcaraz reaches first grand slam semifinal after marathon, late-night finish against Jannik Sinner
Carlos Alcaraz is still looking over his shoulder. For the first time this year, he has a chance to advance to his first Grand Slam semifinal. Only 12 months ago, Alcaraz wasn’t even in the top 100 in one of the most prestigious tennis tournaments of the year.
He reached the finals of the French Open and the third round of the Australian Open. With one more win, including his final match against Jarkko Nieminen, Alcaraz will have won an ATP Tour Grand Slam title.
The 17-year old, who finished 10th in the world junior rankings, is the first Spaniard since Fernando Verdasco in 2005 and the first Spaniard to reach a Grand Slam semifinal.
The story of Carlos Alcaraz is one of perseverance, resilience and the fight to succeed. It’s not for him to determine what he’ll face in Melbourne and the US Open, although he feels he can do it.
He was born in the Canary Islands, but raised in Madrid. Alcaraz first started tennis as a recreational player at the age of 10 and quickly became a top player. He won the National Super 100 tournament by defeating his cousin, who now stands in second place in the standings.
His rise to prominence was rapid, and at 18 years old, he became the youngest Spanish player to reach the final of an ATP event. He reached the finals of the U.S. Open for the first time in 2016.
His first Grand Slam semifinal came in April 2017, at the French Open, where he was defeated by Denis Shapovalov. He has now reached three Grand Slam semifinals.
A late-night bid to win a fourth Grand Slam title
As a youngster, Alcaraz was a talented player. His main weapon, though, was his consistency. He won 20 singles and 33 doubles titles. The consistency was his most important asset, but he also had a strong serve and well-delivered ground strokes.
A month before the French Open, he suffered from a shoulder injury. He missed six months and was forced to stop playing.
When he returned, his results started to come back in record fashion. Alcaraz earned a