Carlos Alcaraz is now just one victory away from regaining the No. 1 ranking on the ATP tour. He defeated Sebastian Korda on Saturday at the Queen’s Club. For a player that had very little experience at the tour level on grass, Alcaraz seems to get more comfortable every match.
Leading up to the semifinals at the Cinch Championships, Korda was masterful with an overpowering serve. He was playing so well, if fact, that he thought he might have a real chance at winning Wimbledon. Korda does have a game that does well on grass – he can serve brilliantly and moves well – but against a high-end talent like Alcaraz, his weaknesses get exposed.
Of course, Carlos Alcaraz stops a lot of players’ momentum. He is a freakishly talented player who will likely control the game once Novak Djokovic retires. As good as some of the young guys are, like Korda, Holger Rune, or Casper Ruud, Alcaraz appears a couple of notches above and could end up being one of the best to ever play.
Carlos Alcaraz defeats Sebastian Korda at Cinch Championships
This is what Korda ran into on Saturday well Korda lost to Alcaraz 6-3 6-4. There was little drama in the match. Alcaraz just hits the ball at ridiculous angles and at such high velocity. Korda didn’t play poorly, really, but he was extremely outmatched.
Carlos Alcaraz will now play in his first final on grass and is in perfect form for Wimbledon. If Alcaraz does defeat Alex De Minaur in the final, he will regain his number 1 ranking from Djokovic and will be the top seed at Wimbledon. That will set Wimbledon up as a showdown for the top ranking and a final between Djokovic and Alcaraz could be pivotal to what tennis looks like over the next five years. If Alcaraz wins, it would seem as if he would hold the No. 1 ranking for weeks or years to come.
Korda would likely attest to Alcaraz’s greatness. The Spaniard won a crazy 84 percent of his first serves against the American. But it didn’t help that Korda had 24 unforced errors to Carlos Alcaraz’s 9.