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Germany's Alexander Zverev celebrates after winning his match against Spain's Carlos Alcaraz at Roland Garros in Paris, France, May 31 2022. Picture: YVES HERMAN/REUTERS
Germany's Alexander Zverev celebrates after winning his match against Spain's Carlos Alcaraz at Roland Garros in Paris, France, May 31 2022. Picture: YVES HERMAN/REUTERS

Third seed Alexander Zverev reached the French Open semifinals for the second successive year after surviving teenage sensation Carlos Alcaraz’s fightback.

Continuing his quest for a maiden Grand Slam title, Zverev won 6-4 6-4 4-6 7-6 (9-7) against sixth seed Alcaraz.

The German, 25, served strongly and was superb from the back of court, but 19-year-old Alcaraz made too many errors.

Spain’s Alcaraz improved his level to force a fourth set, which hung captivatingly in the balance and created a fervent atmosphere on court Philippe-Chatrier.

A double fault from Alcaraz on a break point at 4-4 gave Zverev an opportunity to serve out victory, but the youngster broke back to send the set into a tiebreak.

The pair produced the highest quality of the whole contest amid the tension, with Zverev taking his second match point with a sweet backhand winner to seal a memorable victory.

Reuters

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