Carlos Alcaraz's adventures ended at Roland Garros. A match marred by unforced errors. This was a very impressive figure for the Spaniard who scored more than 50 points to lose to Alexander Zverev, 6-1, 6-4 and 4-6. Murcian picked a poor day to play one his worst games of 2018. He requested to play during the day, which was granted by the Paris sun. However, he became agitated and made himself smaller before Zverev in Madrid. He made 16 errors in the first set, 16 more in the second and 12 more in the third. Too many opportunities to have with Zverev. He isn't the king of consistency but has achieved the best results in his career, along with the Masters Cup-on clay where he won three Masters 1,000.
The German player was not the exhausted and distraught boy from Madrid where he had arrived after a few hours of sleep. He was much more rested and well, playing two sets that were almost perfect to make the game fair. Alcaraz was at the brink of collapse with a double 6-4. He was in an even worse spot than against Albert Ramos when he had the match point saved, but he didn't have to overcome a 2-0 deficit.
Alcaraz has never had a score this high in his career. He has only been seen with two sets against him - this was his fourth - and has never been able achieve victory. He found some hope by not allowing a 'break" ball to be played at 4-4 in the third, which was almost a match for Zverev. However, he lost the set to the next one. He was only able to keep his eyes on Zverev's timely disconnection.
Alcaraz continued his fight against the current in the fourth set. He fought but never gave up. Zverev, who is never calm, won the match 6-4. However, Murcian returned to the game to force a tie-break.
After winning the match with a spectacular down-the-line backhand, the Spaniard had the ball to win the fifth. The Murcian smashed the next point into the net. It was a lost opportunity, but it was the final. Zverev didn't give up and won, making him reach Roland Garros' second consecutive semi-final. The Hamburg tennis player had already reached five Grand Slam semifinals. He was now awaiting his second final against Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal.
Alcaraz, who is now in the quarterfinals in a Grand Slam for the second consecutive time, in the US Open 2021, has been left without being able to win first in Race to Turin. He will continue to be sixth in the world rankings, subject to other results.