Carlos Alcaraz’s third consecutive Grand Slam semifinal-loss in the last five tournaments

Carlos Alcaraz reaches first grand slam semifinal after marathon, late-night finish against Jannik Sinner

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Carlos Alcaraz, 22, was trying to defend his world No. 2 ranking on his first attempt at Grand Slam singles. He had done so with a series of triumphs, but had now reached the semifinals of three majors. The former No. 5 ranked player had reached the final seven times since 2012, after winning his U.S. Open in 2013 and Wimbledon the following year.

Then he suffered a devastating defeat at the Rogers Cup, in which he was defeated, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3, by Jannik Sinner. It was Alcaraz’s third consecutive Grand Slam semifinal-loss in the last five tournaments, after failing to advance to the finals in Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Atlanta and Cincinnati.

Alcaraz, a left-handed baseliner who was born to Colombian parents in Medellin, Colombia, was making his first Grand Slam semifinal since coming into the circuit last year, and his only Grand Slam singles semifinal since 2014. He said he knew he would reach the last-four at one time, but that he wasn’t sure he would make it. He had a feeling it was going to happen.

“You think you make it and you don’t,” Alcaraz said. “This is the only Grand Slam I haven’t won. So, I think a little bit of anxiety comes into my mind, because I always prepare well, because I know I have good chance of making it. And in tennis, you never know what’s going to happen, so you always stay in front of your game plan and don’t give yourself a chance of being one shot off from winning. That’s what happened in Cincinnati, too, but somehow I wasn’t able to make the last four.”

Alcaraz said he made a mistake at the U.S. Open: He didn

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