"I didn't ask for it": Carlos Alcaraz denies asking for earlier game slot to watch Spain-Germany UEFA Euro quarterfinal clash

Saturday, 06 July 2024 at 10:37
World number three Carlos Alcaraz has denied that he requested an earlier time to watch UEFA Euro quarterfinal between Germany and Spain. The 21-year-old is already regarded as one of the best players currently playing in men’s tennis in the singles category along with Italy’s Jannik Sinner and Serbia’s Novak Djokovic.
Alcaraz is currently taking part in Wimbledon where he booked his place in the fourth round after beating America’s Frances Tiafoe in a five-set thriller with a score of 5-7, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6, 6-2. After the match, the three-time Grand Slam winner denied requesting an earlier slot for the contest to watch the quarterfinal of the UEFA Euro 2024. "I didn't ask for it because Wimbledon is Wimbledon, but I was very happy to see that they put me in the first match," he said.
Friday provided to be a great day for Alcaraz as not only he won the contest from two sets to one down but his country — Spain — also booked their place in the semifinal of the competition after beating hosts Germany with a score of 2-1, thanks to an extra-time winner from Mikel Merino in the 119th minute.
Alcaraz, who is defending his title at Wimbledon, had a tougher outing than expected against a player who is not regarded as one of the top players in the world. In the first set, the American tennis star was far superior, especially on the first serve where he won 82 percent points on first serve, considerably higher than Alcaraz who managed to win just 61 percent points on his first serve.
In the second set, the three-time Grand Slam winner found his mojo and won after breaking his opponent’s serve twice. In the third set, Tiafoe went ahead once again, largely because he showed more discipline. He committed four unforced errors, seven fewer than the Spaniard. From there on, it was Alcaraz’s show as he not only produced more winners but also committed far fewer unforced errors.

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