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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Friday July 23, 2021


18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz continues to impress on the red clay. The Spanish teenager showed his steel on Friday in Umag as he took down No.3-seeded Filip Krajinovic 7-6(3), 2-6, 6-1 to become the youngest semifinalist at the Croatian Open in Umag since 16-year-old Rafael Nadal in 2003.

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Alcaraz, ranked 73 and already the youngest player to crack the ATP’s Top-75 since May 2003, put forth a trademark punishing effort to topple the World No.34 going away in a dominant third set that saw him win 30 of 46 points and break serve three times on four opportunities to improve to 13-10 on the season.


Alcaraz, who turned 18 on May 5, will face compatriot Albert Ramos-Vinolas on Saturday for a spot in his first career final. Ramos-Vinolas, the top seed, reached his 21st career semifinal on Friday with a 6-2, 6-1 over Stefano Travaglia.

Richard Gasquet, who defeated Damir Dzumhur 6-3, 7-6(7), and Daniel Altmaier, who topped Dusan Lajovic 6-2, 6-4, will play the bottom half semifinal.

Altmaier is into his first career semifinal.

 

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