After beating Alex Molcan in straight sets in Hamburg, Carlos Alcaraz insisted the 48th-ranked Slovak was a tough opponent to beat. Alcaraz, the tournament’s top seed, advanced to the championship match by defeating Molcan, the tournament’s No. 2 seed, 7-6 (2) 6-1.
The first set went to a tie-break after Alcaraz wasted two breaks of serve and Molcan saved two set points in the tenth game. Alcaraz lost two breaks of serve and two set points before regaining his composure late in the first set and dominating the tie-break to take the match.
Alcaraz won in straight sets after a close first set thanks to three breaks by him of Molcan’s serve. According to the ATP website, Alcaraz said after the match, “It was tough.” “The game was obviously a success for him.
The opening set was a nail-biter. It feels great to finish the first set strong. The second set seemed to be a struggle for him. His performance dropped off significantly in the second set. At the end of the match, I was feeling great and playing excellently.”
The eventual winner will be Lorenzo Musetti, and Alcaraz is able to get past his disappointment to set up the final.
I didn’t pick up on the drop shots he was making, Alcaraz said. He won the first set because he was more adept at drop shots than I was.
The Hamburg championship fight between Alcaraz and Musetti has begun. Alcaraz predicted, “Lorenzo is playing really well.” “Yes, it’s no surprise that he’s a fantastic player. The conclusion will be a fantastic event. His previous matches leading up to the final were outstanding.
So, I’m going into the final with a lot of self-assurance and the intention of making it six wins in a row.” It will be the first time Alcaraz and Musetti have played each other on the ATP Tour. Although Alcaraz and Musetti have already met once, it was in 2020 on the Challenger Tour.
At the Trieste Challenger in 2020, Alcaraz prevailed over Musetti. Whether Alcaraz can defeat Musetti and win his fifth title of the year in Hamburg remains to be seen.