Carlos Alcaraz advances to first Grand Slam semifinal after marathon, late-night finish with Yannick Sinner

It was the newest finish ever in the history of the tournament, almost half an hour. When the 19-year-old Alcaraz scored his point in a match he had come close to losing in the previous set, he fell to the floor in disbelief and put his hand to his face.

The 6-3 6-7 6-7 7-5 6-3 victory lasted 5 hours and 15 minutes. This was Alcaraz’s second consecutive late finish at the US Open after a five-set victory over Marin Cilic in the previous round.

Sinner was serving the match at 5-4 in the fourth set, but Alcaraz fought back by winning the next three games in a row and forcing a decider, saving match points in the process. did.

The 21-year-old Sinner then broke again in the fifth set, but Alcaraz again refused to give in. He became the youngest Grand Slam semifinalist since Rafael Nadal in 2005.

“I always say that you must always believe in yourself,” Alcaraz said in an on-court interview.

Alcaraz will next face another first-time Grand Slam semi-finalist. Francis Tiafoethe American who beat Andrei Rublev in Wednesday’s quarterfinals.

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