After defeating Sebastian Korda in straight sets (6-3, 6-4) to advance to the championship round at Queen’s Club on Saturday, Carlos Alcaraz is now in position to win his first title on a grass court and recapture the number one spot on the ATP world rankings from Novak Djokovic.
In Sunday’s championship match, the Spaniard will take against the Australian Alex de Minaur, who won his semifinal match against the second seed Holger Rune 6-3, 7-6 (7/2).
After a challenging match in the first round against a French fortunate loser, Arthur Rinderknech, Alcaraz has swiftly adjusted to the conditions of the grass court competition he is competing in for just the third time in his professional career.
The defending champion of the United States Open had to battle back from a sluggish start after being broken for the first and only time in the opening game.
However, Korda’s performance was hindered by a series of double faults that she committed at crucial points, which allowed Alcaraz to break back immediately and win a close opening set after breaking again in the eighth game.
In the second set, the 20-year-old was able to breeze through it with ease, as evidenced by the fact that Alcaraz broke to love in the third game and easily served out the set.
Alcaraz stated, “I’m playing great, I’m feeling great,” adding that this was the finest performance of his brief career on the grass to yet. “I’m playing great, I’m feeling great,” he continued.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled to be playing here in Queen’s. Since the very first game, I’ve been able to sense the support of the fans.
If Alcaraz were to win his fifth championship of the year, he would go back atop the global rankings, surpassing Djokovic, who is now in first place after defeating Alcaraz at the French Open earlier this month.
In London, De Minaur maintained his excellent form to maintain his world number six ranking. The powerful Australian server was too much for Rune to handle.
The world’s number 18 player, who previously triumphed on a grass court at Eastbourne in 2021, defeated Andy Murray in the first round of this tournament, putting a stop to Murray’s revival on the grass surface.
“I love being here and playing on this court in front of this amazing crowd,” said De Minaur. “It’s a dream come true.”
“This has been my best performance of the week, and I have been having a good week overall.”