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Carlos Alcaraz beats Stefanos Tsitsipas, to face Jannik Sinner

Carlos Alcaraz beats Stefanos Tsitsipas, to face Jannik Sinner

PARIS — Carlos Alcaraz halted a mid-match comeback by ninth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas to secure a 6-3 7-6(3) 6-4 win on Tuesday and set up a blockbuster French Open semifinal with incoming world number one Jannik Sinner.

The third seed, who came into the contest with a 5-0 record over Tsitsipas, caused all kinds of problems for his Greek opponent with high kick serves to the backhand and won the first set in 33 minutes.

The rematch of last year’s quarterfinal looked set for the same result on Court Philippe Chatrier as Alcaraz broke and then held to go up 3-0. Tsitsipas did not help his cause with an error-prone display early in the second set.

Tsitsipas worked the crowd after hitting a stinging forehand when down 4-2 and looked rejuvenated as he looked to have finally solved the puzzle with a break back before drawing level. But Alcaraz raised his game in the tiebreak to double his advantage.

A frustrated Tsitsipas repeatedly complained about Alcaraz’s delayed grunts and nearly struck him with an overhead smash in a feisty third set, but his Spanish opponent ran away with the match to reach his Roland Garros second-semifinal.

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