Defending champ Alcaraz eases into semi-finals at Umag

Carlos Alcaraz won against Facundo Bagnis 6-0, 6-4 on Friday evening. He’ll play Italian qualifier Giulio Zeppieri in the next round

Carlos Alcaraz Roland Garros 2022 Carlos Alcaraz against Albert Ramos Vinolas (Panoramic)

Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, the top seed, advanced to the semi-finals of the Croatia Open by winning against Argentinian Facundo Bagnis 6-0, 6-4 at the ITC Stella Maris in Umag on Friday evening.

Alcaraz, ranked No 5, will play Italian qualifier Giulio Zeppieri next.

The Spaniard improves to 26-3 on clay for the season and 41-6 overall, as he powers into his seventh semi-final of 2022.

There are three Italians left in the draw at Umag, including Alcaraz’s next opponent, Zeppieri. The 20-year-old has parlayed his first tour-level win into a trip to his maiden ATP semi-final at Umag. He defeated Bernabe Zapata Miralles on Friday, 7-5, 6-4.

Pushing for No 4

19-year-old Alcaraz can rise to No 4 in the world if he completes a successful title defense in Umag.

“To have the chance to do it is amazing for me,” Alcaraz said. “I think I’m playing really well, I feel really comfortable playing here, a lot of confidence right now.”

In the previous round of the Umag, the Spaniard defeated Slovak lucky loser Norbert Gombos (6-2, 6-3).

Bagnis, ranked No 120, won against Tomas Martin Etcheverry (7-5, 6-3) and French qualifier Corentin Moutet (6-3, 6-1) in the previous rounds of the Umag.

Umag ATP 250, other last eight results (ITC Stella Maris, clay, EUR 597.900, most recent results first):

  • Giulio Zeppieri beat Bernabe Zapata Miralles: 7-5, 6-4
  • Jannik Sinner (2) beat Roberto Carballes Baena: 6-4, 7-6 (5)
  • Franco Agamenone (Q) beat Marco Cecchinato (Q): 6-2, 6-1

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