Alexander Zverev moves to Erste Bank Open Vienna final over Alcaraz
Carlos Alcaraz played some smashing tennis in the previous rounds in Vienna but against Zverev today he largely failed to replicate anywhere near the same level. The Spaniard hung in the match until 3-3 but after that Zverev was simply too good. The German had no issues in covering the court and Alcaraz did not have the precision and power of previous days.
The Spaniard looked quite depleted in the match lacking the bouncy step he had in the previous day and that was easily countered by the German. On serve, Zverev was superb hitting 84 % of his first serves and only losing 3 points when he hits it. He did not allow a single break point and posted a 9-4 winner to error ratio which was superb.
Alcaraz tried to compensate for that in the 2nd set by being more daring in his play if that's even possible but again it did not matter. For a while, he held up in the set but eventually, Zverev found a way to frustrate and bait the Spaniard into errors. A few of them contributed to the German breaking Alcaraz for a 4-2 lead that seemed to end the match.
However at 5-3 for Zverev, when he served for the match we saw a bit of drama. A double fault and a cheap mistake gave Alcaraz a 30-0 lead. The German made it 30-30 but a cheap error gave Alcaraz his first break point in 65 minutes of play. It did not matter as Zverev held firm and closed it out with 6-3 in the 2nd.