US OPEN – A legendary page: Carlos Alcaraz beats Jannik Sinner in 5 sets and 5:15 am

US OPEN – A legendary page: Carlos Alcaraz beats Jannik Sinner in 5 sets and 5:15 am

US OPEN – A legendary page: Carlos Alcaraz beats Jannik Sinner in 5 sets and 5:15 am

Incredible, crazy, extraordinary … Words fail to describe the monumental and almost historic quarter-final, already played last night – finally, this morning – by Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner, the first outgoing winner finally of a showdown of 5h15 (6-3, 6-7 (9), 6-7 (0), 7-5, 6-3) completed at 2:50 am in New York, the last game in tournament history and the second most long after the cult Stefan Edberg / Michael Chang of 1992 (5h26). At 19, Alcaraz simultaneously becomes the youngest US Open semifinalist since Pete Sampras in 1990, where he will meet Frances Tiafoe, three-set winner for her part of Andrey Rublev.

Sinner, for his part, will have great regrets as he brought two sets to one and 5-3 in 4th, before obtaining a match point at 5-4, in his service. The Spaniard saved her from a good and finally uninterrupted comeback during one of the rare moments in which her opponent, generally monstrous throughout the match, will have shown a certain fever by committing two double faults in this decisive match.

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Too bad for him because previously Sinner had shown incredible solidity, in particular by saving five balls from two sets to zero, three of which in a row on the 6-5 serve during a match in which Alcaraz will have centered the point of the tournament – also of the year – with this backhand pass followed by another backhand pass.

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Magnificent but in vain, therefore, given that in the end he lost this 2nd set at the tie-break not without having missed a fifth set point in this one.

After winning a new tiebreaker at the end of a 3rd set in which he was still leading 4-2, Sinner gave the impression that he really scored this match. With a point, this match point flew away in the 4th set, it would have been like that. But without counting on this incredible inner flame that burns in the body and spirit of Carlos Alcaraz, who fought like a rabid lion, until the end, in front of an unleashed opponent.

Even after losing this 4th set on the wire, Sinner also did not disunite and returned to battle during a 5th set where, once again, he counted an early break to lead 3-2. But that devil Alcaraz is back right away. In fact, he fielded four consecutive games at that time to finally victoriously complete an (already) historic monument.

A point so signed after 5 hours of play, it is possible: the incredible joust between Sinner and Alcaraz

Historic for its length, his late arrival (the record was previously held jointly by a 1993 Wilander-Pernfors, a 2012 Kolschreiber-Isner and a 2014 Nishikori-Raonic, all completed at 2:26 am) but above all, to Above all, its quality. From the first to the last point the two nascent rivals played at breakneck speed, sometimes even supersonic, with fantastic points and all in a particularly fair play spirit. The tennis of the future, of course.

Now we wish Carlos Alcaraz, who had already finished his previous marathon at 2:23 am against Marin Cilic, to recover physically before finding Frances Tiafoe. Meanwhile, at 19, he will become the youngest player to play in a Grand Slam semi-final since his compatriot Rafael Nadal at Roland-Garros in 2005. And he remains in the running to become the world’s youngest number one in history. History, we tell you.

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