La Jornada – Alcaraz plays to the hilt against Purcell in Cincinnati

Cincinnati. After a costly elimination, Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz eliminated Australian Max Purcell and for the first time qualified for the semifinals of the Cin Senati tournament, like the leader of the Polish women’s circuit Ija Swiatek.

In front of Purcell, No. 70 of classification As a big reveal for the ATP Masters 1000 tournament, Alcaraz had to rise from a set down and then come back from 3-4 down in the decider to seal the victory 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

If he had faltered in the quarter-finals, as he indeed did at the Toronto Masters last week, he would have left the ATP lead within reach of Serbian Novak Djokovic, who would have only needed to reach the final to return to the men’s lead. Tennis.

In order not to count on the Serb, Alcaraz needs to reach at least the final in Cincinnati, the last tournament before defending his title at the US Open (August 28 – September 10).

For the final ticket, he will meet Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz (20), who beat another Australian, Aleksey Popyrin, 6-1, 7-6 (10/8).

Djokovic defeated American Taylor Fritz 6-0 6-4 and will face German Alexander Zverev, who beat Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-2 6-3.

In the women’s tournament, Swiatek took the lead in two sets duel winners Grand Slam Against Czech Marketa Vondrousova (10), 7-6 (7/3) 6-1, to also advance to the semifinals in Cincinnati for the first time. It will be measured in coconut Gauff, who in turn eliminated Italian Yasmine Paolini 6-3, 6-2.

Mexico’s Juliana Olmos and Taipei’s Hao Cheng Chan defeated Czech Katerina Siniakova and Barbora Krejcikova 6-3 and 6-4, respectively, one and two in the world. In the semi-finals, they will face the duo of American Nicole Melchar Martinez and Australian Eileen Perez.

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Santiago Gonzalez and France’s Edouard Roger-Vasselin beat Americans Christopher Eubank and Ben Shelton 7-5, 6-7 (5-7), 11-9.

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