Teenager Carlos Alcaraz eliminated Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in marathon match. At 18 years old last May, Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz has starred in the great surprise of the US Open, eliminating Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in the third round in an exciting third-round duel 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 0-6 and 7- 6 (5).
In this way, the one from El Palmar has become the youngest tennis player in history to beat one of the top three in the ATP ranking in a Grand Slam since the American Michael Chang achieved it at Roland Garros in 1989.
In the same way, Alcaraz is the youngest to prevail over a ‘Top 3’ in the history of the US Open with only 18 years, three months and 29 days and the youngest to reach the fourth round of a ‘big’ since 1997 (Roland Garros) and to stand in that fourth tie at Flushing Meadows since Pete Sampras in 1989.
With the number 54 that reached last August 2 as the best classification in the ATP, this Spanish prodigy already knocked out the British Cameron Norrie (26th seed) in the first round by 4-6, 4-6 and 3-6 and the Frenchman Artur Rinderknech at second for 7-6 (6), 4-6, 6.1 and 6-4 . In other words, he has won the three tie-breaks he has played in the New York borough of Queens.
Carlos Alcaraz could continue to make history at this US Open , as his opponent in the round of 16 will be the surprising German Peter Gojowczyk, a 32-year-old tennis player who has only won one professional tournament in his entire life, Metz’s ‘ATP 250’ in 2017.
In his record, that of El Palmar has four ‘Challengers’ , three in 2020 (Trieste, Barcelona and Villena) and one in 2021 in the Portuguese town of Oeiras against the Argentine Facundo Bagnis. In addition, this season he had already planted in the third round at Roland Garros and in the second in Australia and Wimbledon.
In any case, the most important title of his short career is undoubtedly the ‘ATP 250’ of Umag (Croatia) that he achieved on July 25 after beating the French veteran by a double 6-2.
Therefore, that shamelessly young star who had been pointing out extraordinary ways for years has perhaps exploded earlier than expected this Saturday morning to illuminate a Spanish tapeworm that is still looking for an heir for the absent Rafa Nadal .
It was a hard-fought victory against an extraordinary rival like the Hellenic and Alcaraz also showed extraordinary maturity when, after winning the sudden death of the third set to lead 2-1, he conceded a ‘donut’ in the fourth (0-6) with apparent physical problems.
However, he rebuilt himself and also reacted well by losing the first two match balls to serve in the tie-break of the fifth set to finally take advantage of the third, to the rest .