cinch Championships 2023: Top seed Carlos Alcaraz to battle Alex de Minaur in final clash
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The 2023 cinch Championship finals are here and what a contest it’s set to be as top seed Carlos Alcaraz will face Alex de Minaur in a bid to clinch the trophy.
With both players fighting to earn their maiden title at the Queen’s Club, it’s guaranteed to be epic showdown that you won’t want to miss.
What is the cinch Championships schedule?
- Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) vs Alex de Minaur (AUS)
How to watch the cinch Championships final
You can watch full coverage of the final on the BBC digital channels and Prime Video.
cinch Championships singles final preview
The stage is set for a mouth-watering final on Sunday as Alcaraz and de Minaur are set to do battle on centre court at the iconic Queen’s Club.
The pair’s only previous encounter came at the 2022 Barcelona Open, where Alcaraz defeated de Minaur 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 6-4 in the semi-final before going on to win the tournament.
The reigning US Open champion has gone from strength to strength this week, having found his footing on the grass. Since coming through a tough three-set encounter against lucky loser Arthur Rinderknech in the opening round, Alcaraz has gone on oust Jiri Lehecka, Grigor Dimitrov and Sebastian Korda - impressing everyone with his aggressive tennis and smooth hands at the net.
Speaking on facing opponent de Minaur in the final, Alcaraz said, “It’s going to be a big challenge for me. His game is really good on grass.
“It’s going to be tough and he’s going to be dangerous - I’m just thinking about myself and my game and will just enjoy playing the final here.”
For the Spaniard, the hopes of winning a first title on the grass also come with opportunity to re-gain his position as world No.1, which would see him enter the upcoming Wimbledon Championships as the top seed.
“At the beginning of the week I didn’t know that I could regain the number one spot” Alcaraz said in his on-court interview.
“Right now, it is something that’s in my mind and I’m going to go for it. For me being top seed at Wimbledon and being world number one is a dream, and it would be great to recover it here at Queen’s”.
While Alcaraz will go in pursuit of a maiden title on the grass, de Minaur has already had a taste of success on the surface, having lifted the silverware at the Rothesay International Eastbourne and reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon last year.
The world No.18, who defeated former world No.1 Andy Murray earlier on in the week before going on to edge past Diego Schwartzman, Adrian Mannarino and Holger Rune, will be looking to seek revenge as he prepares to chase an eighth tour-level title.
Having already lifted silverware this season, after breezing past the likes of Taro Daniel, Rune and Tommy Paul en route to the Acapulco title back in March, the Australian is familiar with raising his level for the big occasions.
"I love being here and playing on this court in front of this amazing crowd," de Minaur said, on reaching his first final at the Queen's Club.
"I am very happy to get through. I have played decent on grass, and I am having a good week and this was my best performance of the week.
"It's a pretty special tournament, so here's hoping I can do one better tomorrow."