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In the second longest match and final finish ever history of the US Open, No. 3 Carlos Alcaraz beat No. 11 Jannik Sinner to advance to the semifinals.
The game ended at 2:50 PM ET as these players just wouldn’t stop. It came down to the fifth set, in which 19-year-old Alcaraz finally finished it off with a final score of 6-3, 6-7, 6-7, 7-5, 6-3 and just hung up on the court in awe that it was over.
“I don’t know how I did it,” he said after the game.
Sinner almost got the job done in the fourth set but Alcaraz avoided match point and eventually forced that fifth set.
“I always say you have to believe in yourself all the time,” said Alcaraz.
Although everyone is in Arthur Ashe Stadium tired, the strain and tension was palpable. Proof of that came when Sinner secured a break point in the fifth set to make it 3-2. However, Alcaraz would break him in the next game and not lose from there.
“Honestly, thank you all,” Alcaraz told the crowd, thanking them for having energy from start to finish.
“I couldn’t believe the energy I received here.”
The first set went fairly easily to Alcaraz but Sinner made it much harder for his opponent from there. Although Alcaraz wowed the crowd with a back-the-back return in the second set, Sinner had the match in hand. Until he didn’t.
No matter how you put it, this match between two of the sport’s young phenomena was electrifying and one that anyone who watched will not forget.
Alcaraz meets American Frances Tiafoe in Friday’s semifinals, where Tiafoe becomes the first black player since Arthur Ashe to reach the semifinals.