Kopar Khairane
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Spanish Open: Carlos Alcaraz Makes Money Avenging Alexander Zverev and ousting Daniil Medvedev

Tuesday in the Madrid Open, world number two Carlos Alcaraz defeated Alexander Zverev with ease, 6-1, 6-2.

Daniil Medvedev, the third-ranked player, was defeated by fellow Russian Aslan Karatsev 7-6 (7/1), 6-4, while Stefanos Tsitsipas breezed through Bernabe Zapata Miralles 6-3, 6-1.

In the women's tournament, Mayar Sherif had world number two Aryna Sabalenka work hard, but she finally prevailed 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 to advance to the semifinals.

The top-seeded Spaniard Alcaraz, who had defeated Zverev in the Madrid final from the previous year, got even with the German when they subsequently faced off in the quarterfinals of the 2022 French Open.

Zverev, 26, a two-time victor in Madrid, was completely destroyed in the first set. In the second, he made a little progress, but not enough to concern Alcaraz, who freely maneuvered his opponent about.

Alcaraz triumphed in one hour and 22 minutes. “I played at a great level, I didn't let him dominate, I went on the attack the whole time, and above all, I returned really well,” Alcaraz said.

It's not a typical outcome versus (Zverev) but I played a whole game, so that's how we got this result.

The US Open winner placed significant pressure on the German's serve by dropping just two points in his almost faultless service games throughout the first set.

In the second game's 11 minutes, Alcaraz used his third break point to go up 2-0 before forcing another error from Zverev to go up 5-1 and win the set.

Beginning the second set on service, the players exchanged punches until Zverev's wide forehand return allowed Alcaraz to break for a 3-2 lead.

With a superb forehand down the line, Alcaraz broke for a 5-2 advantage once again. When Zverev smacked a reply long, Alcaraz won the point on service.

The Murcian will play Karen Khachanov in the round of eight after the Russian victorious over Andrey Rublev 7-6 (10/8), 6-4.

Second seed Medvedev, who lost to Karatsev on the hard court, just as he did to Karatsev in Rome two years ago. Medvedev has acknowledged that he suffers on clay.

With 28 wins to only four unforced mistakes, Karatsev easily prevailed in the opening set tie-break. His ball striking was flawless throughout the contest.

The qualifier, who is ranked 121st in the world, defeated the 2021 US Open champion at 3-2 in the second set and needed only two more games on his serve to advance.

“I'm playing good and feel terrific, but I still need to pay attention in every game. I'll be getting ready for the next round,” Karatsev said.

He will compete against Zhizhen Zhang, the first Chinese player to go beyond the quarterfinals of a Masters 1000 competition.

Zhang narrowly defeated Taylor Fritz, the world's number 10 player, 3-6, 7-6 (7/5), and 7-6 (10/8).

The fifth-ranked player in the world Tsitsipas will take against Pedro Cachin's fortunate loser Jan-Lennard Struff, who defeated him 7-6 (9/7), 6-7 (7/9), 6-3.

Borna Coric of Croatia, who is placed 20th, will face Daniel Altmaier of Germany in the other quarterfinal.

– Slow beginning

Sabalenka, the Australian Open winner, fought mightily in the early going against Sherif but decisively turned the two-hour match around to advance.

“I was just trying to keep fighting to keep playing my game and find my rhythm,” Sabalenka added.

“She excels on clay courts, and I'm thrilled with her victory. It was a very challenging one.

Sherif took advantage of Sabalenka's shaky start to break in the opening game, becoming the first Egyptian to advance to a WTA 1000 quarterfinal.

The 26-year-old beat Sabalenka in Madrid for the first time, becoming the only player to do it.

The 24-year-old Belarussian, though, made an impressive comeback, converting all four of her break opportunities in the second set and hitting 10 winners to Sherif's one to force a third set.

The 2021 Madrid champion trailed 2-1 in the second set and was down a break, but she came back to win 11 of the next 12 games to dominate the third set.

After coming from behind to defeat Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu 6-7 (3/7), 6-4, 6-2 in the second quarterfinal, Sabalenka will take on Maria Sakkari, the world number nine.

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