Carlos Alcaraz saves two match points against De Minaur, moves to Barcelona Open final
The Spanish phenom will have to play once more later today and it will be a very difficult task as he had to dig very deep to take down De Minaur in this one. For large stretches of this match, the Spaniard struggled to fina consistent rhythm but he was pretty spectacular for quite a while as well. The first set featured both dominating on their serves and there were not many chances.
Towards the end of the set Alcaraz started to struggle a bit and he had to save a couple of breakpoints. In the tiebreak, it was a pretty close one but De Minaur played better and he got it 7-4. The start of the 2nd set was completely dominated by ALcaraz and his play. De Minaur was forced to save several break points in the match and he was able to do it a couple of times.
The end of the set was pretty fantastic. We saw 4 consecutive breaks with De Minaur saving for the match twice. The Australian had 40-15 on his serve but Alcaraz saved them in superb fashion. He then went on to outplay his opponent 7-4 in the tiebreak. At the start of the 3rd set, Alcaraz was firmly in control of this match with a 2-0 lead. He would give it back a bit later but still rally in time to finish it off with 6-4.