British No 2 Dan Evans was crushed in straight units by defending champion Carlos Alcaraz within the semi-finals of the Barcelona Open.
The highest-seeded Alcaraz noticed off Evans 6-2 6-2 in a single hour and 20 minutes to e book a gathering with Stefanos Tsitsipas in Sunday’s remaining.
The Greek No 2 seed beat Lorenzo Musetti 6-4 5-7 6-3 within the different semi-final.
Alcaraz, final 12 months’s US Open champion, can be looking for his ninth profession title and third of the 12 months after triumphing in Buenos Aires and Indian Wells.
The 19-year-old Spaniard is 3-0 in opposition to Tsitsipas over his profession, together with a three-set victory within the Barcelona quarter-finals final 12 months.
Alcaraz, who has not dropped a set over his 4 wins within the event, stated: “In fact, the way you attain a remaining is vital on your confidence, and I head into tomorrow with an ideal feeling.
“Even so, we won’t simply depend on how I’ve performed and know that will probably be a troublesome recreation.”
Tsitsipas stated after his hard-fought victory over Musetti: “It was very bodily on the market.
“We needed to cowl plenty of metres on the court docket and he had some unbelievable defensive photographs that I actually did not count on in any respect. It was such a psychological problem.”
Tsitsipas reached the ultimate at Barcelona in 2018 and 2021, shedding each occasions to 12-time winner Rafael Nadal.
Nadal missed this 12 months’s version attributable to a hip injuring that has sidelined him since January.