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It was an extraordinary rally, with Alcaraz slumped on his backside beyond the baseline yet still managing to recover and draw an error from Humbert.

The crowd were still on their feet, cheering to the rafters, when Alcaraz reached his seat at the changeover, milking the applause like a dairy maid after the best rally of the tournament left him two sets to the good.

But 26-year-old Humbert – who has won all six finals he has reached on the ATP tour in Auckland, Antwerp, Halle, Dubai, Metz and Marseille – took the third 6-1 as Alcaraz switched to autopilot.

And just when the No.3 seed thought he had cornered his prey by going 3-1 up in the fourth set, the Frenchman summoned the backbone and intestinal fortitude to fight back and leave Alcaraz chuntering towards his coterie in the players’ box.

One running forehand winner, with more inswing than England fast bowler Jimmy Anderson could ever generate, had Centre Court on its feet again as Alcaraz finally moved to the gates of victory.

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