Results from Queen’s 2023: Carlos Alcaraz and Alex de Minaur in the championship match
In the Queen’s final, Carlos Alcaraz will compete against Alex de Minaur for the potential to win a first-ever grass championship and reclaim the top spot before Wimbledon.
20-year-old Spanish top seed Alcaraz defeated American Sebastian Korda easily. 6-3 6-4.
Earlier on Saturday, Australian De Minaur defeated Holger Rune of Denmark, the second seed, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2).
Alcaraz’s ranking would rise above Novak Djokovic after the London tournament, giving him the top seed for Wimbledon, which begins on July 3.
Alcaraz remarked after defeating Korda, “I didn’t know that a good result would put me number one at the beginning of the week, but in the press conference yesterday they told me and I thought ‘oh my god – it’s in my mind, I’m going to go for it’.”
With this being the Spaniard’s first grass final, winning the Queen’s trophy would be a significant accomplishment for someone who had only played three tournaments on the surface.
Alcaraz stated, “I’m getting better and feeling better after every game, and right now I feel like I’ve played on grass for ten years.”
“I’m really happy with that because I didn’t expect to adapt my movement and game to grass so quickly.”
Since dropping the first set in the first round, Alcaraz has played well throughout the competition. On Saturday, he broke Korda’s service twice while committing just one unforced error to grab a commanding lead.
He took the lead with an early break in the second set, then won over the London fans by hitting three spectacular returns that were above 90 mph to break Korda a second time and go on to serve out the match.
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Win at Queen’s celebrated by Alex De Minaur
Before Wimbledon starts on July 3rd, Alex de Minaur has found some nice form on grass.For in-form, one more to go Minaur, De
Both players will compete in their first final at this competition on Sunday, but De Minaur has more experience on grass than his Spanish rival.
De Minaur, who triumphed at Eastbourne in 2021, has demonstrated this week that the surface is a good fit for his quick feet and effective style of play.
Since Lleyton Hewitt’s championship victory over American James Blake in 2006, the 24-year-old is the first Australian to have advanced to the Queen’s final.
Let’s just hope I can do one better tomorrow, De Minaur added, “I’m having an amazing week.”
“I enjoy being here and playing in front of this incredible crowd on this court.
“Today was my greatest match so far, and this event is quite exceptional. Happy days, one more to go. I’ll give it my all since it [winning] would be good.
Before the world number six, who has already won his first matches on grass at this tournament, saved three break points in the eighth game of the second set on his way to a key hold, De Minaur broke Rune right away and served effectively to win the opening set.
De Minaur, though, was cautious on his serve and bided his time before a commanding performance in the tie-break sealed his place in the championship match and elicited an outburst of emotion from the usually quiet Australian.
De Minaur has never been past the fourth round at Wimbledon but has been in excellent form there, as seen by his semi-final victory over a player ranked 12 places higher than him.
In the Halle Open final, Bublik will take on Rublev.
Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan defeated home favorite and French Open semifinalist Alexander Zverev 6-3 7-5 to go to the Halle Open final, where he will face third-seeded Andrey Rublev of Russia.
The 26-year-old will move up 15 spots to number 33 in the world rankings before Wimbledon as a result of his journey to the final as he pursues his maiden grass-court championship.
With ease, world number seven Rublev defeated eighth seed Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3 6-4 in his semi-final on Saturday after the Spaniard had eliminated top seed Daniil Medvedev on Friday. Rublev, who reached the final in Halle in 2021 but was defeated by Frenchman Ugo Humbert.
When his quarterfinal opponent Jannik Sinner of Italy withdrew due to injury in the second set, Bublik, who won his sole tour-level prize at Montpellier in 2022, proceeded to the last four. Bublik has been playing well on grass.