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Carlos Alcaraz retires due to injury as Felix Auger-Aliassime reaches semi-finals


World number one Carlos Alcaraz missed Friday’s Paris Masters quarter-final against Holger Rune with an abdominal injury, while Felix Auger-Aliassime extended his winning streak to 16 games. Alcaraz, the defending US Open champion, lost the first set and was 3-1 down in a tie-break in the second set when he decided to stop, after being treated on the left side of the previous substitution. there. “It was something wrong in the stomach,” Alcaraz said. “At the end of the series, it went wrong. It went wrong and I want to retire and take care of it.”

The Spaniard has managed to claim his third Masters title of the year following victories in Miami and Madrid.

Alcaraz will be confirmed as year-end world number one ahead of the ATP Finals in Turin later this month if he lifts the trophy this weekend in the French capital.

Instead, his participation at the November 13-20 event is now in doubt. Alcaraz traveled to Paris to grapple with a knee injury, an issue he addressed earlier in the week.

“I’m having some tests at the moment to see what it’s going to be like against Turin, but right now I’m focusing on trying to improve the abs and trying to get 100% in Turin,” Alcaraz said.

“I can’t stretch. I can’t serve well. I can’t hit forehand well. When I turn, I feel it. I feel my stomach in a lot of movement.”

“It’s in an area where I’ve had problems, I’ve had problems before,” he added. “Let’s see if it’s the same problem I felt before.”

Rune will face Auger-Aliassime for a spot in Sunday’s final. The 19-year-old Dane was defeated by Auger-Aliassime in the final in Basel last weekend.

Auger-Aliassime continued her quest for a fourth title in as many weeks by beating Frances Tiafoe 6-1, 6-4 to advance to the semi-finals earlier in the day.

The 22-year-old Canadian also won in Antwerp and Basel last month. He is trying to achieve a feat that no one has been able to achieve since Ivan Lendl won five tournaments in five weeks in 1981.

After getting through the opening set with 21st-ranked Tiafoe, Auger-Aliassime needed six match points to finally see off the American and reach his second Masters semi-final.

Eighth seed Auger-Aliassime had a breakout season. His 56 wins are the third most on the ATP Tour this year, while only Alcaraz has won four singles titles.

Auger-Aliassime said: “I have been feeling great not only this week but also for the past few weeks.

“Sixteen wins in a row is something special. I have a chance to win again tomorrow. I’ll try to catch it, but it’s certainly been an incredible period.”

Defending champion Novak Djokovic faces Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti in the quarterfinals.

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Tommy Paul, who knocked out Rafael Nadal in the second round, will look to make another surprise by coming up against fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas.

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