Carlos Alcaraz saves MP, outlasts Jannik Sinner in historic US Open QF thriller | ATP Tour

Nobody will soon forget the epic US Open Quarterfinals in between Carlo Alcaraz and Jannik sinner. In a classic encounter that broke the record for the last finish in tournament history when the game ended at 2:50 p.m., Alcaraz Sinner survived 6-3, 6-7(7), 6-7(0), 7 -5, 6- 3 and saved a match point in the fourth set en route to his 5-hour, 15-minute triumph. The fight was the second longest match in US Open Story.

The Spaniard saved match point in the fourth set to go 4-5, rallying to keep his hopes alive of becoming the youngest-ever world No. 1 in Pepperstone ATP rankings history next Monday. The 19-year-old, who qualified for the with the win Nitto ATP Finals for the first time meet Americans Frances Tiafoe in the semifinals on Friday.

“To be honest, I still don’t know how I did it,” said Alcaraz. “You have to believe in yourself. I believed in my game.

“It was really difficult to finish the game. I tried to keep calm but it’s difficult at the moment.”

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The fans inside Arthur Ashe The stadium arrived for a tennis match on Wednesday night. As the clock struck midnight, that clash turned into a heavyweight bout. More than two hours later, both men were still bludgeoning the ball with relentless vigour, displaying incredible speed and athleticism to parry each other’s attacks. A large part of the audience stayed and cheered on both players, which made for an unforgettable atmosphere despite the late hour.

As much skill was shown in the match, as much courage and will was there. Both men refused to lose, but only one managed to advance. It was like the first Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals Champions played a video game, hit “maximum performance” and rarely missed. “Seems like I’m watching a table tennis match,” said a Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez tweeted.

Triple major winner Stan Wawrinka also chimed in with his praise, asking: “How good is this Alcaraz-Sinner match?”

The level was so high that the match will be remembered as the moment Alcaraz and Sinner emerged from the shadows of the ‘Big Three’ era. Their fourth ATP Head2Head meeting lived up to the hype and felt like more than a quarterfinal. Alcaraz, who lost to Sinner twice in the last three months, evened their rivalry 2-2 behind 58 winners compared to just 38 unforced errors.

“I will enjoy it [achieving] my first semifinal at a grand slam and tomorrow is the time to think about the match [with Tiafoe]’ said Alcaraz.

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Alcaraz failed to capitalize on opportunities to win the second and third sets in what almost proved fatal. The 19-year-old missed five set points in the second set and was unable to serve the third set.

The teenager unleashed Heumacher after Heumacher to put himself in a winning position in both sets, but Sinner repeatedly bounced off the ropes and swung back with vigor. Those moments were less about what Alcaraz did wrong and more about what Sinner did well as he raised his level and often found highlights.

Momentum was firmly on his side as the Italian played an exquisite tiebreak in the third set, which he won 7-0. An early break in the fourth set helped his cause. Alcaraz broke back once but quickly gave up that advantage, hitting a double fault to lose his momentum.

Sinner, who made 11 double faults in the match, served in the fourth set at 5-4 for his semi-final advancement. Although his serve got him out of some trouble, Alcaraz never went away and fought his way back to even conditions.

The 21-year-old Sinner then led with a break in the fifth set but Alcaraz rallied and kept firing from the baseline with his remarkable power. The Spaniard won the last four games of the clash to progress.

“It’s not easy to talk now because I finished the match not long ago. But it was a good match from my side, from his side. Could finish in three sets, could finish in four sets, could finish in five Complete sentences. The level was high,” said Sinner. “At one point I wasn’t serving that well but he hit back well. It was a good match. Obviously the crowd was good. Only my second time on Ashe. So it was a good match for sure. But a very, very tough one .”

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