PARIS — Alexander Zverev, the No. 3 seed, returned to the semifinals of the French Open with a 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7) victory over Carlos Alcaraz on Tuesday, ending the Spanish 19-year-old’s stirring run at Roland Garros.
Zverev, 25, also snuffed out Alcaraz’s rousing comeback in this quarterfinal. Zverev, beaten by Alcaraz in the Madrid Open final ahead of Roland Garros, was the more consistent and convincing player for nearly three sets before Alcaraz lifted his game.
As usual, that was quite a sight as he produced winning drop shots, audacious returns and full-cut forehand winners that left the 6-foot-6 Zverev starring wistfully at the ball marks on the clay.
With a flurry of brilliant tennis, Alcaraz, the No. 6 seed, took the third set and with another surge in the fourth set, he broke Zverev’s serve when the German star served for the match at 5-4.