Carlos Alcaraz continues rise by taking down Stefanos Tsitsipas to break into top ten

Rising Spanish star Carlos Alcaraz has continued to mirror legend Rafael Nadal with his latest victory.

Carlos Alcaraz underlined his incredible potential as he continued his dominance over Stefanos Tsitsipas in Barcelona.

The 18 year old has made a huge impression on the ATP Tour this year, and he will now break into the top for the first time on Monday.

It was a meeting between two players in rich form, with the pair sharing the last two Masters titles - Miami and Monte-Carlo - between them.

However, it was Alcaraz who came out on top against the Barcelona defending champion Tsitsipas, and he now moves into his fourth semi-final of a brilliant season. He also extended his own personal head-to-head over the world number four to 3-0.

"Probably my biggest win on clay court," Alcaraz said after his 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 win. "It was unbelievable.

"Unbelievable game that I played, unbelievable atmosphere that I lived today on court. It was unbelievable everything.

"The atmosphere here, the crowd, the level that I played, the level of the match. It was incredible.

"I think I beat the favourite. I'm playing an incredible level. And I think that I'm ready to get the title."

Alcaraz will now face Alex de Minaur in the semis as he seeks a third title of the season.

In a strange coincidence, Alacarz will now enter the top ten at the same age as Rafael Nadal did in 2005, on the same date, and after the same tournament.

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