Carlos Alcaraz has been the youngest men’s quarterfinal player at the US Open since 1963.
The 18-year-old from Spain defeated Germany’s Peter Goyochik 5-7, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2, 6-0 on Sunday, making him the last eight in Flushing Meadows. .. Alcaraz will also be the youngest men’s quarterfinalist in any Grand Slam tournament since Michael Chang, who was 18 when he reached the final eight at the 1990 French Open.
Alcaraz, 55th in the world, confused Stefanos Tsitsipas, the third seed in the previous game. He now plays another young talent, 21-year-old Canadian Felix Auger Aliassime, for the semi-final place. Auger-Aliassime defeated American Frances Tiafoe in four sets on Sunday night.
“It’s great for me because I’m so excited to be in the first two weeks of the Grand Slam. My dream came true,” Alcaraz said after the match. “It’s really hard to play this kind of match or play the fifth set … I want to play more in the second week to play more in the Grand Slam quarterfinals. Here I didn’t expect to play in the quarterfinals, so I think my performance in these games is really good. “
With Covid’s pandemic, fans have returned to Flushing Meadows this year after the tournament was held in a closed room in 2020. Alcaraz said their support was important to him.
“In the first set, I thought I had reached my physical and mental limits. In this situation, I think the crowd was really, really important to me,” he said. “I felt the energy of the crowd pushing me up. I don’t think I could have been here without the crowd.”
Alcaraz’s success is not a complete shock. He won his first ATP title when he defeated Richard Gasquet in the final of the Clay Court Croatia Open in July. This year he also reached the Australian Open, the second round at Wimbledon and the third round at the French Open.
Meanwhile, Dutch qualifier Botik van der Zandsulp defeated Diego Schwartzman and booked his place in the quarterfinals. The Dutch have never passed the second round of the Grand Slam. And this year’s US Open is the first time he’s been to the United States.
“My level goes up when I’m playing against someone who is better than me, or generally better,” said Van der Zandschulp. “I like to play against better people.”
Carlos Alcaraz will be the youngest male Grand Slam quarterfinal player in 31 years | US Open Tennis 2021
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