Sebastian Baez, 111th in the world, will collide with the Spanish Carlos Alcaraz (35 °) this Friday in the semifinals of the Next Gen Finals, that in case the Argentine wins will have a finalist who is not in the top 100 of the ranking for the first time since its creation in 2017. The game will begin at 5:00 p.m. in Argentina and can be seen through ESPN on Star +.
The 20-year-old will have a tough stumbling block in Alcaraz, who has only lost one set all week. Nevertheless, Báez wants to continue hitting as he did when passing the group zone with fabulous triumphs against the Italian Lorenzo Musetti and the French Hugo Gaston. The other semifinal will be starred by the Americans Sebastian Korda (39th) and Brandon Nakashima (63rd).
In any case, the match between Báez and Alcaraz, the first clash between the two, could be a before and after for the tournament: never, one of the finalists was located outside the lot of the top 100 of the world rankings. In 2017 those who reached the definition were Hyeon Chung (54th, champion) and Andrey Rublev (37th); in 2018 Stefanos Tsitsipas (15th, champion) and Alex De Miñaur (31st). Finally, in 2019, Jannik Sinner gave the surprise as 95th in the ranking, after also winning against De Miñaur (18th, only double finalist). Báez is clear: the barriers are to be broken.