Carlos Alcaraz defeated Sebastian Korda 6-3, 6-4 to go to the Queen’s Club final on Saturday, putting him one step closer to winning his maiden grass court championship and recovering the world number one status from Novak Djokovic.
In the final on Sunday, the Spaniard will play Australia’s Alex de Minaur, who defeated second seed Holger Rune 6-3, 7-6 (7/2).
After a challenging first-round match against French lucky loser Arthur Rinderknech, Alcaraz, who is competing in just his third grass court tournament of his career, has rapidly adapted to the conditions.
The US Open winner had a difficult time getting going after being broken just once in the first game.
However, Korda fell short due to a couple of double faults at crucial times, allowing Alcaraz to win a close first set after breaking again in the eighth game.
For the 20-year-old, the second set was easier because Alcaraz broke to love in the third game and easily served it out.
Alcaraz stated, “I’m playing fantastic, I’m feeling terrific, and this is the best performance of my brief career on grass to far.
“I’m overjoyed to be playing at Queen’s. I have sensed the support of the crowd ever since the first game.
If Alcaraz wins his fifth championship of the year, he will reclaim the top spot in the world rankings from Djokovic, who defeated him earlier this month at the French Open.
De Minaur, the sixth-ranked player in the world, continued his strong form in London. Rune was no match for the strong Australian server.
The world number 18 is aiming for a second grass court championship after winning in Eastbourne in 2021. He put an end to Andy Murray’s comeback on the grass in the first round.
De Minaur exclaimed, “I love being here and playing on this court in front of this fantastic crowd.
This was my best performance of the week, and I’m having a wonderful week.