French Open 2024: Carlos Alcaraz ends Jannik Sinner's dream run to storms into final showdown

Tennis star Carlos Alcaraz reigned supreme in a five-set thriller, defeating Jannik Sinner in the men's singles semi-final of the French Open, at Roland Garros on Friday.

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Tennis star Carlos Alcaraz has advanced to his first Roland Garros final after defeating Jannik Sinner in the semi-final game. The world number three, Alcaraz, eliminated the Italian by 2-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in a semi-final thriller that took place in Paris. The 21-year-old produced moments of magic in the fifth and final set, breaking Sinner's serve early with a fierce forehand. Notably, the Spaniard will be looking to win his third major title in the final game, as he is set to face the winner between Casper Ruud and Alexander Zverev in the final game, which is slated to take place on Sunday, June 9.

Meanwhile, Carlos Alcaraz has opened up about his emotions ahead of the semi-final game of the Roland Garros. The 21-year-old revealed that he was already nervous ahead of facing the newly-crowned world number-one Sinner at the semi-final game. The Spaniard revealed that the game against the Sinner will be the most challenging one for him, as he is in beast form at the ongoing marquee event.

“Well, probably a little bit more nerves before facing him. I'm not going to lie. I mean, he probably is one of the most difficult challenges that we can face in tennis right now. I think he's the best player in the world. I think, no, he is No. 1 right now, so (laughing)... It's going to be an interesting one,” Alcaraz said in a press conference.

I think everybody wanted Jannik on my side playing the semi-final: Alcaraz

However, Alcaraz acknowledged that every single fan was excited to watch the thrilling showdown as both players marked their comebacks at the French Open 2024 after missing the Rome Masters owing to injuries that ruled them out. The two-time Grand Slam winner was already very sure that their semi-final game would be very thrilling.

“As I said, the matches that we've played before have been unbelievable games. I think everybody wants to watch this match. When the draw came out, I think everybody wanted Jannik on my side playing the semi-final. Let's see how it's going to be, but I think it's going to be great for tennis and for the fans,” Alcaraz added.