French Open: Carlos Alcaraz overcomes Jannik Sinner in marathon contest to reach maiden final

Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz has taken a giant step towards completing a career Grand Slam after he overcame Australian Open champion Jannik Sinner in a marathon French Open men’s singles semifinal. The over four-hour-long contest played on Friday (June 7) saw Alcaraz win 2-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 to book a place in the final of the French Open 2024. He will face the winner of the Sunday’s final between Casper Ruud and Alexander Zverev.

Alcaraz in maiden French Open final

In one of the standout matches in the French Open this season, both Alcaraz and Sinner dropped only two sets combined before the semifinal. However, it was the Italian who drew the first blood in the match breaking Alcaraz three times in the opening set. While the Spaniard made a comeback with a break back, it was not enough as he won the opening set 6-2. However, the defending Wimbledon champion came roaring back to win the second set 6-3.

Sinner again struck with another decisive break in the third set which laid the platform for the match. He bagged the third set 3-6 and was a set away from another Grand Slam final, having earlier beaten Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open semis in January. 

Alcaraz, however, was not done and broke the Italian’s serve when he was serving to stay in the fourth set at 5-4. Alcaraz then had no issues in settling the contest in the fifth set where he was the dominant force.

The win also means that Spain continues to have a representation in the final of the French Open despite the absence of Rafael Nadal. The great Spanish player was knocked out in the first round by Alexander Zverev, who could eventually face Alcaraz in the final. The German, also the defending Olympic champion, will face Casper Ruud in the other semifinal on Sunday.

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