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Zverev sees off second favourite Alcaraz

Published on January 24, 2024
Updated on February 20, 2024
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Zverev sees off second favourite Alcaraz
  • Quick fire start rockets Zverev to victory
  • Battling comeback too little too late for Alacarz
  • German to face Medvedev in semi final.

In a gripping quarter-final at the Australian Open, Alexander Zverev emerged victorious against Spanish second seed Carlos Alcaraz, securing a spot in the semi-finals. Zverev’s rapid start propelled him to a commanding lead with a 6-1 6-3 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 triumph, despite a spirited comeback attempt by Alcaraz.

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Zverev holds firm in fourth after rousing comeback from Alcaraz

During the third set, Zverev had a chance to serve for victory at 5-3, but Alcaraz staged an impressive comeback to force a tiebreak. Undeterred, Zverev displayed resilience in the fourth set, ultimately clinching the win and setting up a semi-final clash with Daniil Medvedev.

Earlier on the same day, Medvedev faced a tough challenge from Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz, ultimately winning 7-6 (7-4) 2-6 6-3 5-7 6-4. The Russian, aiming for his second Grand Slam title after the 2021 US Open, will now meet Zverev in the semi-finals.

Zverev, who endured a significant ankle injury during the 2022 French Open, reflected on the challenges he faced in his career and expressed gratitude for being back in the top 10 and competing in major semi-finals. The German player also learned that he will face a trial in May over domestic abuse allegations, which he denies.

The men’s semi-finals are scheduled for Friday, featuring the clash between Medvedev and Zverev, as well as defending champion Novak Djokovic facing Italian fourth seed Jannik Sinner. Tennis enthusiasts are eagerly anticipating these high-stakes matchups at Melbourne Park.

Australian Open Betting

Pundits and bookies alike are expecting the winner to come from the semi-final between Novak Djokovic and Jannik Sinner. Alcaraz was many people’s second favourite and with him bowing out Sinner has taken on that mantle despite facing tournament favourite Djokovic in the last four.

At the time of writing Djokovic, gunning for a record-extending 11th Australian Open title, is clear favourite, priced at 8/11 with bet365. Sinner is priced at 3/1 with Medvedev 5/1 and Zverev 8/1. After Zverev’s superb victory over Alcaraz bettors looking for value may just be tempted to take a punt on him causing further upsets.

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Christopher

Chris is a former athlete and a qualified PE teacher. He is a keen football fan, watching many matches at different levels throughout the season, and enjoys following many different sports. With betting and sports sites, he has a keen eye for detail and can to highlight positives and negatives for users. His experience in sport as a performer, teacher, writer and fan allows him to see things from many different perspectives.

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