After Francis Tiafoe, Karen Chatsianov and Casper Rudd, Carlos Alcaraz was the last to reach the semi-finals of the US Open. He defeated Spaniard Yannick Sener after a heavy fight in five sets: 6-3 6-7 (7) 6-7 (0) 7-5 6-3. The match at Arthur Ashe Stadium lasted 5 hours and 14 minutes and did not end until just before 3 AM.
Alcaraz himself is number three on the US Grand Slam ranking list. It is the first time the Spaniard has reached the semi-finals of a Grand Slam. Last year, he had to surrender in the quarter-finals in New York against Canadian tennis player Felix Auger-Aliassime due to injury.
I believed in myself and my game. “I tried to stay calm even though it was very difficult,” Alcaraz said. It was a very high level match. Sener is a great player, his playing was amazing too.” The 19-year-old tennis player also thanked the crowd at Arthur Ashe Court. I won’t stop saying that all my victories here come from the crowd. The support I got during the tough moments throughout the match was incredible.” .
In the semi-finals, the American Alcaraz will face Frances Tiafoe. The 24-year-old American tennis player had earlier on Thursday defeated Russian Andrei Rublev in three sets (7-6 (3) 7-6 (0) 6-4). Another semi-final match between Russia’s Karen Khachanov and Norway’s Casper Ruud.
With his victory, Alcaraz still has a chance to become the new number one in the world. The Spaniard will then be the youngest tennis player to ever win first place. Norwegian tennis player Ruud and Rafael Nadal, who has already been eliminated in New York, still has a chance at first.
In a match with back-and-forth breaks, the Alcaraz was now again and then the wrong one again in front. Alcaraz won the first set through several breaks. Sinner took a break in the second set but lost it again. In the long tiebreak, the Italian still held the group. In the third set tiebreak, Sinner was superior and did not concede a single point.
With a break in the first half of the fourth set, the Italian looked like he was finally taking the match. The Kars got it back 3-3, but the Italian broke again on the spot. Sinner served at 5-4 in the match and earned the match point, but was unable to convert it. The Spaniard came back with a 5-5 score and quickly took over the group.
Sinner was also the first to take a break in the crucial fifth set. Al-Karz returned the result again to 3-3 after some good points and took the first half with a score of 5-3. He was able to serve himself for the match and decided on his first point in the match with a powerful serve.
Never before has a US Open match ended as late as Alcaraz vs. Sener. The previous record was set in 2014 when Japan’s Kei Nishikori beat Canadian Milos Raonic at 2:26 am. Alcaraz made his final point in front of a frenetic New York crowd at 2:50 a.m.
Iga Swiatek also secured a place in the women’s semi-finals. She defeated the world No. 1 Jessica Pegola 6-3, 7-6 (4). The 21-year-old Swiatek will compete in the fourth round against Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus. Last year, two-time Roland Garros winner Swiatek didn’t get that far. Then she lost in the fourth round in New York. “I wasn’t expecting anything at the start of this tournament,” said the Pole. “I work hard and keep my expectations low. Today was a really tough race and I think the level was high, so I am very happy that I succeeded.”
Swiatek had two chances to finish in her service game in the second set, but she couldn’t. Pegula was able to respond both times. I tried to push it back, but it’s really good at making returns, so the pressure was on me too. That’s why it ended in a tiebreaker.” In that, she hit 6-4.
The top-ranked tennis player is expecting another tough encounter against Sabalenka. “It’s going to be tough, even though I’ve won the last matches against her,” she was looking forward. I know she’s in great shape and I have to be ready for quick shots and hard balls, but I feel like I had those flat balls against Jesse today as well. I’ll be ready.”
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