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Carlos Alcaraz recovers to edge Jannik Sinner in five-set thriller to reach final at Roland Garros

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Carlos Alcaraz recovered from a poor start to beat an inconsistent Jannik Sinner 2-6 6-3 3-6 6-4 6-3 to reach his maiden French Open final after a see-saw encounter on Friday.

The third seed was a shadow of his brilliant self in the opening set before making the most of his Italian opponent’s premature cramps to level ahead of the match going into a decider.

Australian Open champion Sinner, who will take over from Novak Djokovic as world No 1 next week, bowed out when he returned a massive forehand down the line wide on the third match point on Court Philippe-Chatrier in a contest lasting four hours and nine minutes.

The 21-year-old Spaniard becomes the youngest player to make Grand Slam finals on all three surfaces; hard-court, grass and now the clay of Paris.
There may be no Rafael Nadal this year – and this will be the first final not to feature one of the 14-time winner, Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer since 2004 – but the French Open could be about to crown a new Spanish champion on Sunday.

Source – Carlos Alcaraz: Spaniard recovers to edge Jannik Sinner in five-set thriller to reach final at Roland Garros | Tennis News | Sky Sports