Carlos Alcaraz is only 18, but it’s starting to be hard to find adjectives for some of his performances lately. This Thursday evening, in Indian Wells, the Spaniard qualified for the semi-finals of an ATP Masters 1000 for the first time in his life, at the expense of the defending champion, Cameron Norriein a match that lacked the poise and emotion of the others, it was perhaps the best quality of the entire California tournament week.
With 37 winners – for all tastes – in straight sets, Alcaraz, already 19th in the ATP rankings, beat the Briton, world number 12, by 6-4 and 6-3, in 1:44, leaving a break below in both partials. Norrie played at a high level (many more winners than mistakes) and even then he never had a great chance given the brutal quality of the tennis player from Murcia.
Final 4 here it is 🙌@alcarazcarlos03 beats Norrie 6-4 6-3 to reach his first Masters 1000 semi-final!
– Tennis TV (@TennisTV) March 18, 2022
In the semi-finals, Alcaraz will face nothing more, nothing less than Rafael Nadal, trying to become the first tennis player to defeat him in 2022. This will be the second meeting between the two, following Rafa’s easy victory over Carlitos in the second round in Madrid, in 2021. In this meeting, played on the 18th anniversary from Alcaraz, the younger of the two Spaniards was not even in the world top 100. Now, 10 months later, it’s already top 20!