Alcaraz to face Norrie in Argentina Open final

Teenage former world No.1 Carlos Alcaraz remains on track for a title-winning return from injury after setting up an Argentina Open final against world No.12 Cameron Norrie.

Top seed Alcaraz reached his first final since his milestone 2022 US Open triumph as he cruised past Spanish countryman Bernabe Zapata Miralles 6-2 6-2 in their semi-final in Buenos Aires on Saturday.

Norrie reached his second final of the year when he beat Juan Pablo Varillas 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 earlier.

Alcaraz has dropped only one set so far in his first tournament of the year, after a right leg injury sidelined him from the Australian Open, where Novak Djokovic triumphed and took the No.1 ranking from him.

The Spaniard lost his last match to Norrie, in Cincinnati in August, but leads their head-to-head 3-1.

Norrie saved two break points in the last game against Varillas to wrap up his semi-final in just under two hours.

The Briton was upset in the Auckland final in January, one of only two losses in his 15 matches this year.