Wimbledon: Carlos Alcaraz douses Holger Rune fireworks to reach semi-finals for first time

Billed as the battle of the 20-year-olds, Carlos Alcaraz has pulled rank on childhood buddy Holger Rune, dousing the Dane's fireworks to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals for the first time, with a 7-6(3) 6-4 6-4 victory.

The two tyros, who were born six days apart, were contesting a men's Wimbledon quarter-final that, for the first time in the professional era, featured two players aged under 21.

Alcaraz and Holger Rune.
Alcaraz and Holger Rune. Photo credit: Getty Images

Despite his youth, Alcaraz is already at home among the elite of men's tennis and produced the form that has carried him to the top of the rankings, never allowing Rune to gain the upper hand, no matter how many flashy shots he conjured.

After saving a breakpoint in the opening game of the match, Alcaraz put on a majestic performance in front of Britain's Queen Camilla to end Rune's hopes of becoming the first Danish player in 65 years to reach the All England Club semi-finals.

Rune certainly won most of the crowd-pleasing points, whether it was a 'tweener between the legs or a stupendous reflex volley he hit at the net, after Alcaraz had dashed back to the baseline to retrieve a lob.

Already in the Grand Slam winner's club, after triumphing at the US Open last year, the Spaniard refused to get flustered and kept winning the points that mattered.

After Alcaraz missed out on converting his first three matchpoints, producing a double fault on one of them, he sealed a semi-final showdown with Russian third seed Daniil Medvedev, when Rune slapped a service return long.

After sharing a warm embrace at the net, the Spaniard leaned back and let out a might roar into the skies - showing just how much this win meant to him.