Carlos Alcaraz fell in the semi-finals of Basel against Felix Auger-Aliassime (3-6 and 2-6). The Canadian dominated the world number 1 as he had never been seen during the year, confirming that he is now one of the most in-form tennis players on the circuit. His winning streak in a row is already 12. [Narración y estadísticas: Carlos Alcaraz – Felix Auger-Aliassime]
It was supposed to be a difficult game for Alcaraz. Despite leading the ATP ranking, it was his rival this Saturday who arrived with the favorite poster. Aliassime is doing a tour indoors spectacular, conquering the tournaments of florence Y Antwerp consecutively. In Switzerland he is on his way to third.
Carlos leaves Basel with good news, at least: he is returning to his winning streak after his feat at the US Open. In the Swiss capital he added his first victory as number 1 and now he has to break the wall that he could not break against Aliassime, ninth in the ATP ranking.
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An hour and 22 minutes is how long Alcaraz lasted for an Aliassime who is going through the best moment of his career. Actually, Carlos held on for his first three serves. No shine, just a winner -and backwards- in that section, the Spaniard was seen without faith almost from the beginning. It was an announced collapse that was confirmed when the Canadian broke to go 3-5 and serve in a row to win the set.
Carlos Alcaraz did not have the capacity to react afterwards. The number one in the world was always uncomfortable on the track. The American unbalanced the second set already in the third game to get 2-1 and kept his. He broke again in the seventh to increase his lead to 5-2, insurmountable for the Spaniard who took the loss without reaching an hour and a half.
Alcaraz has not been able to play a final since he is number one in the world. After conquering the US Openwhere he reached the top of the circuit, fell in the first round of the tournament Astana. Later, in the Davis cuplost to Auger Aliassime and then got a win in the matchup against Korea. He found more stability in Basel but did not make it past the semi-finals. He now awaits the Masters 1000 in Paris.
Felix Auger Aliassime lives a dream time. Against Alcaraz he added his twelfth victory in a row that the successes in Florence and Antwerp provided him in recent weeks, which he added to the one achieved months before in rotterdam, also this year. Now, in Basel, he aspires to the fourth title of the season, the third in a row that he will play against the winner of the duel between the Spaniard Robert Baptist and the dane Holger Rune.
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