Carlos Alcaraz claims another upset win over Stefanos Tsitsipas as he reveals the ‘key’ to his victory

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A moment of delight for Carlos Alcaraz

Carlos Alcaraz is now 2-0 in his head-to-head against Stefanos Tsitsipas after he followed up his brilliant US Open win over the Greek with another sublime performance in the fourth round of the Miami Open.

The Spanish sensation beat Tsitsipas in a five-set epic at Flushing Meadows in September and on Tuesday he defeated the third seed 7-5, 6-3 in a highly entertaining one hour and 51 minute contest in Florida.

The first set took over an hour to complete with Alcaraz saving three break points in game two before Tsitsipas eventually broke in game six.

The 18-year-old upped his game and fashioned four break points in game seven, but the Greek held firm for a 5-2 lead. It was the last game Tsitsipas won in the set as Alcaraz claimed back-to-back breaks in games nine and 11 before serving it out to love.

And he carried that momentum into the second set with a break in game one before closing out the match with a second break in game nine, winning on his fourth match point.

“It was really, really tough. He was playing unbelievable,” Alcaraz said of the opening set. “All I can say is I fought until the last ball in the first set [to] come back.”

He added: “I knew that Stefanos is a player who always is looking for his forehand.

“I tried to hit two or three backhands cross-court and then switch to down the line, to his running forehand. It was a key.

“I think he lives in the backhand side all the time, looking for his forehand, as I said. It was pretty important, the backhand down the line.”

The Spaniard, who is looking to make it back-to-back ATP Masters 1000 semi-finals following his run to the last four in Indian Wells, will face Miomir Kecmanovic next after the Serbian upset Indian Wells winner Taylor Fritz 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.

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