|venue: Flushing Meadows, New York date: August 29th to September 11th|
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Spanish teenager Carlos Alcalaz advanced to his first major semifinal by defeating Italy’s Yannick Sinner in a US Open thriller that ended in a record time of 2:50 am in New York.
The 19-year-old Alcaraz saved a match point before a 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 6-7 (0-7) 7-5 6-3 win over 11th seed Sinner. rice field.
The third seed faces Francis Tiafoe on Friday and advances to the final on Sunday.
The 24-year-old American will also play in his first major semifinal after beating Andrei Rublev 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-0) 6-4.
Alcaraz, who is the youngest player to reach a Grand Slam semifinal since Rafael Nadal at the 2005 French Open, said: “I still don’t know how I did it. It’s the level of quality tennis, it’s unbelievable.”
“I always say you have to believe in yourself. Hope is not the last thing you use. I believed in myself, my game.”
A first-time Grand Slam champion is already guaranteed in men’s singles at Flushing Meadows, with Norway’s Caspar Ruud and Russia’s Karen Khachanov in contention for another semi-final.
Alcaraz and 23-year-old Ruud also have the potential to become the new world number one as an intriguing tournament draws to a close.
Tiafoe fulfills marathon wish
Tiafoe joked after the win that he hoped the match between Sinner and Alcaraz would be “a marathon and a superlong” after the last quarterfinal ended more than 10 hours before it finally ended on Thursday morning. said.
His wish came true after an amazing night at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Alcaraz displayed quality, resilience, and boundless energy to beat Sinner in an engaging contest.
Filled with powerful and accurate striking, incredible shotmaking and incredible athleticism, a match between two of the sport’s brightest talents already exceeded high expectations.
After missing five set points in the second set, failing to serve in the third set and stopping Sinner from taking match points in the fourth set, Alcaraz won on the first match point after 5 hours and 15 minutes. was confirmed.
The teenage boy collapsed into the courtroom in high spirits, covering his face, lying down and breathing heavily to process what had just happened.
He leaned out of the water to share a warm hug with Sina, who walked around the net to congratulate his opponent.
The exhausting battle ended in front of a large crowd of devoted fans in the early hours and Alcaraz enthusiastically celebrated with his incredible supporters, even handing out trainers to each of the two.
Tiafoe ‘turns the page’ as ‘wild’ journey continues
Tiafoe overpowered the 36-year-old Nadal in the previous round and then backed up what he called the greatest day of his life with an impressive play against Russia’s No. 8 seed Rublev.
The 22nd seed is the first American man to reach the semifinals of the US Open since Andy Roddick in 2006.
“This is wild, this is crazy. 48 hours ago I got the biggest win of my life. It’s hard to turn the page to back it up, but I did it and now I’m in the semi-finals. said Tiafoe.
“A coat like this makes me feel so at home. This coat is unbelievable.
“I always somehow find my way in this court. Let’s enjoy this one. But there were two more.”
The 11th-ranked Rublev, who has played six times without reaching the major quarterfinals, looked more dangerous early on but missed his chance as Tiafoe dominated the first set of the tiebreaker. did.
He continued to serve until the end of the second set, but Rublev’s composure was starting to show cracks before being shattered in a tiebreaker.
A cool-headed Tiafoe, who has never lost a tiebreaker in this tournament, dominated the match, while Rublev slammed his racket into his knee several times in a fit of rage.
The third set brought the first break of serve, and Rublev broke down in tears after giving Tiafoe a 4-3 lead.
Tiafoe endured the pressure in the eighth game, saving two break points before finishing the match with his 18th ace, becoming the first black man to reach the last four of the U.S. Open since Arthur Ashe in 1972. Became an American.