By India Today Sports Desk: Top-seeded Carlos Alcaraz advanced to the ATP semifinals on grass for the first time after defeating former champion Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-4 at the Queen's Club Championships. Dimitrov, the 2014 champion who qualified this year, was his own worst enemy. He served better and had more break chances, but he hurt himself with 16 unforced errors and seven double faults.
"Grigor is a top player on any surface, but especially on grass. But I played really well from the beginning to the last ball," Alcaraz said. "I'm a guy who learns quite fast and I'm feeling really comfortable playing on grass." Alcaraz also improved to 8-0 this year in the quarterfinals.
Alcaraz will face Sebastian Korda in the semifinals, which will be his first grass semifinal as well. Korda defeated Cameron Norrie 6-4, 7-6 (1) to become the first American to reach the Queen's semi-finals in 11 years.
With the withdrawal of Norrie, the 2021 runner-up and a Wimbledon semifinalist last year, Britain will have no player in singles or doubles at Queen's for the first time in 11 years.
In the other semifinal on Saturday, second-seeded Holger Rune will face seventh-seeded Alex De Minaur of Australia.
Rune defeated Lorenzo Musetti 6-4, 7-5 and said he wasn't phased by the Italian's overhead smash.
"He can do what he wants," Rune said. "I mean, it's not the best thing to do, for sure. But again, it is legal. He can hit the ball where he wants to.
"It just gave me a fire in the belly to beat him even more. I'm super happy to manage to beat him in two sets. It feels good. I'm in the semifinal, he's not."