Carlos Alcaraz is now aiming for a win at the ATP finals and now faces a semi-final clash with rival, Novak Djokovic after his win over Daniil Medvedev on Friday in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4.
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“Well, it’s just two matches, but at the same time, it’s too far away. I have Novak in the semifinal. If I win that match, I have a really tough final,” Alcaraz told reporters.
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“I’m dreaming about winning this tournament. Why not? But I have to play my best first in the semi-final.”
World number two Alcaraz needed to win to ensure a spot in the last four, and he did just that in impressive fashion, cruising to a victory against Medvedev who had looked hugely impressive in his previous two victories in Turin.
Winning in straight-sets ensured him first place in the Red Group ahead of Medvedev, regardless of what happens in Friday night’s dead-rubber between Alexander Zverev and Andrey Rublev.
Alcaraz also gained a small measure of revenge for defeat in the US Open semi-finals against Medvedev, who finishes second in the group after having already qualified for the semis on Wednesday.
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Alcaraz has a burgeoning rivalry with Djokovic as the Spaniard is already a two-time Grand Slam champion at the age of 20 and won an epic five-set Wimbledon final against the world number one.