Defending champion Carlos Alcaraz escaped fears of an ankle injury as well as a three-hour duel against Giulio Zapieri on Saturday to reach his sixth final of 2022 in Umag.
The 19-year-old, who will reach a career high in the worlds next week, won 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 against world number 168 Zeppieri of Italy in a grueling semi-final on Croatian clay courts . ,
Alcarz won the second set by twisting his right ankle and hoped to be fully fit for Sunday’s final against second-seeded Janic Sinar or qualifier Franco Agamemnon.
The final will be Alcaraz’s 100th tour-level match.
“It’s amazing to be here again in the final. I really enjoy playing here,” the Spaniard said.
He said, “At the moment the ankle is good. I don’t feel much right now. Let’s see tonight or tomorrow morning, but I will say that I will be ready for the final.
He continued: “It would be amazing to win my 100th match, and of course it’s amazing to be at No. 4 on Monday. It’s great for me, but right now I’m just focused on the final.”