Jannik Sinner felt he put in a good performance against Carlos Alcaraz, but admitted it was «very difficult» to lose such a match. On Wednesday night, third seed Alcaraz defeated 11th seed Sinner 6-3 6-7 (7) 6-7 (0) 7-5 6-3 to reach the US Open semifinal.
The match ended at 2:50 a.m. local time after the two battled for five hours and 15 minutes. Additionally, the match set the record for the last finish at Flushing Meadows. «It’s not easy to talk now because I finished the match not long ago.
But it was a good game on my side, on his side. It could end in three sets, it could end in four sets, it could end in five sets. The level was high,» Sinner said, according to the ATP website. «At some point I didn’t serve that well, but he was returning well.
It was a good match. Obviously the crowd was good. For me only the second time in Ashe. So it was a good match for sure. But a very, very tough one.»
Sinner lost after failing to convert a match point
Up two sets to one, Sinner also held a 5-3 lead in the fourth set.
When it was time for Sinner to close out the match, he missed a match point in game ten. After breaking Sinner in game 10, Alcaraz broke the Italian again in game 12 to send the match to a fifth set.
Sinner actually got off to a good start in the fifth set as he earned the first break of the set in game five to open up a 3-2 lead. Sinner’s game then collapsed as Alcaraz claimed back-to-back breaks and won the next four games to complete a huge victory.
For Sinner, it was another devastating Grand Slam loss. In the Wimbledon quarterfinals, Sinner was up by two sets before Novak Djokovic came back to win in five sets.