Carlos Alcaraz needed only a couple of years to become one of the best players in the world. The 19-year-old won two Masters 1000 titles in 2022 and will have a chance to become world number one. 1 after the US Open. The young Spaniard is through to his first Major semi-final in New York following an epic 6-3, 6-7, 6-7, 7-5, 6-3 triumph over Jannik Sinner after five hours and 15 minutes.
Carlos sealed the deal at 2:50 am after fending off a match point in the tenth game of the fourth set, refusing to give up and overcoming a break deficit in the decider. Alcaraz explained that he felt great on the pitch, conserving energy and emerging on top in the most challenging match he had ever played.
They each had 60 game winners and Jannik made more unforced errors. The crowd witnessed 42 break chances and Alcaraz made 11 return games from 26 chances. Sinner won seven breaks and hit the starting gate despite a great effort.
The Spaniard took the first goal in 50 minutes after a winning comeback at 5-3. Sinner led 5-3 in the second set before Alcaraz fell back in the tenth game to prolong the action. The Italian fended off four set points in the 12th game and another at 6-7 in the tie break.
Jannik hit a backhand return winner at 8-7 to close out the set and level the overall score after more than two hours of an entertaining battle. Carlos led 4-2 in the third set before Jannik broke in game eight 4-4. The Spaniard broke again in game 11 and failed to bring the set home on serve, entering a tie break.
Jannik dominated and won all seven points to steal the set after three hours and 22 minutes. Sinner built a 3-1 lead in the fourth set and looked good to emerge on top in the next half hour. Alcaraz dropped back in game six to improve his chances before committing a double fault in the next that pushed him back again.
Carlos Alcaraz enjoyed his epic win over Jannik Sinner.
Sinner served for the win in game ten and created a match point. Carlos saved it with a deep return and converted a break after Jannik’s terrible volley to close it out at 5-5.
With momentum on his side, Alcaraz volleyed winner at the net in game 12 to steal serve for the second time in a row and introduce a decider after four hours and 25 minutes! Sinner made a fresh start in the fifth set and grabbed a break at 2-2.
He had a great chance to claim the next game and confirm the break, but he didn’t take it. Alcaraz came back from 40-15 against and achieved a break that put him back on the positive side. The Spaniard broke again at 4-3 after a loose backhand from the rival to go ahead and serve for the win.
Carlos fired a booming serve at 5-3 to win four games in a row and emerge on top in style on a memorable night in New York. «It was one of the longest and most demanding matches of my career. Jannik and I produced an extraordinary level, both physically and mentally.
I hope that people enjoyed the match from the stands and from their homes. The pace was incredible and I felt comfortable, like few times in my career. I felt good on the pitch, which helped me cross the finish line first,» said Carlos Alcaraz.