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Carlos Alcaraz Umag returns to final and climbs to world four

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Spaniards will fight to defend their crown by defeating Italian Giulio Zapieric in Croatia this Sunday

During one of his matches in Alkaraz, Umag.UMG Openumg open/efe

One gloomy afternoon, an uncomfortable rival and an ugly right ankle sprain. Against all but Carlos Alcaraz’s fight to make a comeback in the final of the Umag Open. Giulio Zeppieri was ranked 168 in the world on paper, but on Croatian clay he was a tough player who pushed Murcian to the limit. After returning the two lead breaks Alcaraz had taken, only a muscle injury in the third round could have stopped him. Mercian needed almost three hours (7-5, 4-6, 6-3) to win. But a year after winning the first ATP title of his career there, he would defend his crown against either Jannik Sinar or Franco Agamemnon.

There are days when everything flows, like the first Friday Fasundo Bagnis, And others where it’s time to cut the stone. And what a stone is Zeppieri (Rome, 2001). may not be as precocious as his compatriots sinner or Lorenzo Musetti, nor aiming as high as Alcaraz, but before falling he showed he had tennis to go far beyond the 168th place he now has. A tough and ambitious tennis player, tough on the rest, who knew how to use his doubts against Alcaraz against the rest and even the speed he prints on his balls.

It soon became clear that the afternoon against Argentina would not be as peaceful. Not only because of Alcaraz’s problems scoring his first serve (only 52 percent in the first round), but also because of the aggression of Zapieri, who took the initiative out of his hands. Materials for a tough match: In the 27 minutes it took to send the first set against Bagnis, he was still fighting the fourth game against the Italian.

If there was anything more difficult than Zapieri’s defence, it was the head of Alcarz, who pounced and poked nothing and managed to crack open the smallest of cracks. About a quarter of an hour and four break balls were needed to break Italy’s serve in the third game of the match. How often these particles double as hits on the table, but not against Roman, who was pedaling against the current from the previous step. disciples of John Charles Ferrero A new tear will still be needed to fasten the first sleeve.

Alcaraz scares, Zapieri’s injury

For a few minutes the continuity of Carlos Alcaraz was in the air. Mercian’s leg got stuck as he slid towards the net to return the dropshot and he suffered a severe sprain in his right ankle, prompting him to be called a physio. It’s the same ankle that sprained against Rafa Nadal in Madrid and it left Rome well enough to get to Roland Garros. But if that doesn’t stop him from being crowned in the Spanish capital, even Nadal, Djokovic and ZverevI wasn’t going to do it against Zeppieri.

The Italian tested that ankle thoroughly. If he was already able to move Mercian as some have managed this year, he now had more reasons to do so. Alcaraz responded well, but not to the level required for the Italian’s devastating right-hander. Giulio! Giulio! Giulio!’, the stand exploded when he got his first set point in the second set. The love for Italians in Umag should not be surprising: the region of Istria belonged to Italy in some parts of the last century and much earlier belonged to the Republic of Venice.

For each flash of Alcaraz, Zeppieri had an answer. Even for two breaks, Mercian opened the third set. Contrast with an all-Italian tennis player, 3-3, when trying to rest, something broke in his right thigh. She smiled in her chair, knowing that she had said goodbye, although she did not want to leave. Moving just long enough, he was on track for Alcaraz to seal the victory. Umag return to the finals and win to climb to number four in the world.

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