Hamburg | Alcaraz reaches last eight

Carlos Alcaraz recovered from a slow start to reach the quarter finals of the Hamburg European Open with a 7-6(4) 6-3 victory over Serbia’s Filip Krajjinovic.

I know that Karen is playing well. He has a great level, big serve, so it’s going to be a tough match, so I think with the performance today, I have the confidence to have a good match in the quarter finals Carlos Alcaraz

The young Spaniard was down 4-2 in the opening set and saved four set points when Krajinovic served for it at 5-4 managing to stay in the match and force a tie break where he took control by winning five consecutive points from 2-4 down to snatch the set.

In the second, the 19-year-old from Murcia, maintained his momentum by sweeping into a 4-1 lead with two breaks but Krajinovic wasn’t done, as he managed to get one back only to then lose another in the ninth game.

Alcaraz, as the top seed in Hamburg, is well on course to pick up his fifth title of the season and fourth on clay having already won the Miami Masters on hardcourts and the clay events in Rio de Janeiro, Barcelona and Madrid.

Up next for the youngster is the Muscovite Karen Khachanov who beat the Italian Peacock Fabio Fognini 6-3 7-5.

“I know that Karen is playing well. He has a great level, big serve, so it’s going to be a tough match, so I think with the performance today, I have the confidence to have a good match in the quarter finals”, Alcaraz said.

Fognini had plenty of opportunities to upset the seventh seed from Moscow with the pair exchanging breaks in the first set only for Khachanov to break back crucially in the eighth and serve out in the next.

The two held their serves until the 11th game when Khachanov edged ahead and, while Fognini had a chance to break back, he failed allowing his opponent to serve out and claim a place in the last eight.

Meanwhile in the bottom half last week’s Swedish Open champion Francisco Cerundolo, toppled another Muscovite, namely the second seeded Andrei Rublev 6-4 6-2 as he continued his excellent run of form.

The Argentine player recovered from 2-4 down by winning four consecutive games with two breaks to take the first set and remained very much in control by again breaking twice in the second.

“I think I played another great match. I felt really comfortable on the court. I think in the first three games I did not play that bad, but he was really solid and did not miss many balls. Then I started feeling more confident and I think feeling more confident I was very solid”, Cerundolo said.

The man from Buenos Aires next faces the Muscovite Aslan Karatsev who defeated Georgia Nikoloz Basilashvili 3-6 6-3 6-4.

In the other two quarter finals, Slovakia’s Alex Molcan will take on Croatias Borna Coric and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain meets Italian Lorenzo Musetti.






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