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Barcelona Open: Carlos Alcaraz eases previous Dan Evans to arrange Stefanos Tsitsipas closing

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Defending champion Carlos Alcaraz swept previous Dan Evans 6-2, 6-2 on Saturday to arrange a Barcelona Open closing conflict with Stefanos Tsitsipas. 

The Greek second seed earlier defeated Lorenzo Musetti 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 to achieve the ultimate for the third time. 

World quantity two Alcaraz beat Tsitsipas within the quarter-finals at Barcelona final 12 months in three units in what was the Spaniard’s third win in three conferences towards the Greek.

Alcaraz missed the Monte Carlo Masters final week due to hand and again issues and has not been at his most constant on his option to the ultimate.

A straightforward win over Nuno Borges was adopted by trickier triumphs towards Spanish compatriots Roberto Bautista Agut and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

Chasing down his third title of the season after triumphs at Buenos Aires and Indian Wells, residence favorite Alcaraz began impressively.

The 19-year-old high seed received the primary recreation with out dropping a degree, sealing it with an ace, ominously for Evans, who was pulled everywhere in the courtroom.

Alcaraz broke for a 3-1 lead and the 2022 US Open champion confirmed little mercy from then on, successful six consecutive video games earlier than Evans broke for the primary time, to path 4-1 within the second set.

Alcaraz clinched victory after an hour and 20 minutes with one other pinpoint winner previous Evans.

Tsitsipas misplaced on each events he reached the Barcelona closing towards Rafael Nadal in 2018 and 2021.

Nadal, a 22-time Grand Slam title winner, pulled out this 12 months as he recovers from a hip harm.

– ‘Lion’s willpower’ –

World quantity 5 Tsitsipas wanted three units to beat Musetti, who put up a good struggle.

“We needed to cowl a lot of metres on the courtroom and he had some unbelievable defensive pictures that I actually did not count on in any respect, it was such a psychological problem,” stated Tsitsipas.

“I needed to go on the market and struggle all of it by (with) the willpower of a lion, and simply (went) on the market to do the perfect I can.”

Musetti twice went a break up in an entertaining first set, however Tsitsipas, runner-up on the Australian Open in January, battled again instantly each instances.

The Italian saved match level within the second set at 5-4 right down to pressure a decisive third set, however was outplayed by his opponent, who confirmed extra focus than earlier on. 

Tsitsipas survived a break level within the first recreation of the third set after which broke himself for 2-0, making use of strain on Musetti’s serve.

Musetti didn’t should play his quarter-final conflict after Jannik Sinner withdrew by sickness, however Tsitsipas was the stronger within the third set.

Tsitsipas wrapped up the win after two hours and 28 minutes, seeing out his closing two service video games with out dropping a degree.

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