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Umag | Alcaraz and Sinner on course to meet in final

Carlos Alcaraz sweeps into last four

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Defending Umag champion Carlos Alcaraz reached his seventh semi-final of the year with a straight sets win over Facundo Bagnis at the Playa Laguna Croatia Open tournament.

I think I’m playing really well. I feel really comfortable playing here, a lot of confidence right now Carlos Alcaraz

The 19-year-old Spaniard raced away with the first eight games of the match before sealing a 6-0 6-4 win over his 120th-ranked 32-year-old opponent from Argentina.

Having started the week at a career-high of five in the world, Alcaraz will replace Stefanos Tsitsipas at number four should he defeat Italian qualifier Giulio Zeppieri in Saturday’s semi-final, a 7-5 6-4 winner over Spain’s Bernabe Zapata Miralles.

“It means a lot to be able to reach the number four ranking, to have a chance to do it,” Alcaraz said following his victory.

“It’s amazing for me. I think I’m playing really well. I feel really comfortable playing here, a lot of confidence right now.”

Meanwhile, second seed and world number 10 Jannik Sinner reached his first semi-final of 2022 by seeing off Roberto Carballes Baena 6-4 7-6(5).

“I’ve won many matches, but I think I’ve had some unfortunate moments this year,” said Italy’s Sinner after his win over the 86th-ranked Spaniard.

“But here I am, the first semi-final of the year, and hopefully I can show some good tennis also in the next round.”

The 20-year-old will face 136th-ranked compatriot Franco Agamenone for a place in the final.

Unseeded Agamenone made the last four by beating 2018 champion Marco Cecchinato, also of Italy, 6-2 6-1.

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