number one in the world carlos alcaraz one step closer to winning back to back Miami After defeating American Taylor Fritz in straight sets, the open titles arranged a semi-final match with 10th seeded Jannik Sinner.

The 19-year-old did his best once again, winning 6-4 6-4 in just under 80 minutes and maintaining his vicious form that saw him win. indian wells less than two weeks ago.

“I’ve never played (Fritz) before, but I knew I had to play my game, you know, like I’ve played previous games, you know, at a high level for me,” Alcaraz said in his sideline interview aired on Amazon Prime Video.

When asked about his game against Sinner, Alcaraz said he was “excited” to play the Italian in the semi-finals.

“I played against him in the last rounds of the tournaments, which means he’s playing at a great level but I’m sure we’ll play big things in the future and I can’t wait to see our improvement,” he said. .

Danil Medvedev Christopher Eubanks finished the qualifying streak to reach his first Miami Open semifinals.

American Eubanks are having their best two weeks of their career and will be making their top 100 debut next week, but Medvedev has proven to be very strong with a 6-3 7-5 win.

The Russian has won 22 of their last 23 games, losing only to Alcaraz in the Indian Wells final and is bidding for a fourth championship out of five tournaments.

Medvedev has already played 30 games in 2023 and told Amazon Prime Video: “This is crazy because I feel great. I don’t know if it will cost me dearly at the end of the season – I hope not.

“This is what we are trying to do with my team. Last year wasn’t great, but we were practicing and working a lot. For a moment, ‘When will he pay?’ This year it managed to click. I’m waiting for another one.”

He was the player under pressure to start and saved five break points against angry Eubanks in the second serve game, but Medvedev came out strong after a short rain delay, winning five games in a row.

The only signal came with a loss of service after beating Eubanks and leading 4-2 in the second set, but the American couldn’t resist to force the tie-break.

In the final four, Medvedev will face his close friend Karen Khachanov, who has won 6-3, 6-2 against Francisco Cerundolo.

in WTA, Elena Rybakina She became the first woman to reach the final of the Miami Open, beating American Jessica Pegula 7-6 6-4.

It was his 13th straight win as the Wimbledon champion resumed his form run at Indian Wells earlier this month.

“I didn’t think I would make it to the finals, so I’m really happy and proud,” said Rybakina after the match.

Petra Kvitova beat Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to advance to Miami’s semifinals for the first time at age 33.

The veteran Czech took the critical service break after facing pressure in the eighth game of the third set and will face Romanian Sorana Cirstea for a place in the final.