Jannik Sinner had a massive opportunity to remain on the US Open title course. Jannik faced another impressive youngster Jannik Sinner in the quarter-final in New York, and they turned it into a memorable one! Sinner and Alcaraz fought for five hours and 15 minutes, and the Italian wasted a match point in a 6-3, 6-7, 6-7, 7-5, 6-3 loss, the toughest one of his career.
Two great rivals finished their duty at 2:50 am, producing the latest US Open encounter and missing the longest match in New York by 12 minutes! The Italian led 5-3 in the fourth set and served for the victory in game ten.
He wasted a match point and lost four games in a row to keep the Spaniard in contention ahead of the decider. Carlos gained a boost and sealed the deal in the fifth set to remain on the title course and move closer to becoming world no.
1. Sinner and Alcaraz created 42 break points, and the Spaniard played better in the decisive moments. Carlos grabbed 11 breaks from 26 chances and lost serve seven times from 16 opportunities given to his rival. They had a similar number of winners, and the Italian sprayed 60 unforced errors despite having that match point.
They traded early breaks in the opener, and Alcaraz fired a return winner in game seven to forge another advantage. The younger player wrapped up the set with a forehand return winner at 5-3 after 50 minutes. Sinner broke at 1-1 in the second set and held at love in game eight to open a 5-3 gap.
Carlos broke back in game ten to prolong the action and earned four set points on the return at 6-5. Jannik stayed composed and fended them off to introduce a tie break. The Spaniard saved a set point at 5-6 with a backhand crosscourt winner before Sinner saved the fifth set point with a booming serve.
Jannik placed a backhand return winner at 8-7 to wrap up the set and level the overall score after over two hours. Carlos led 4-2 in the third set before Jannik broke back in game eight for 4-4. The Spaniard broke again in the 11th game and served for the set.
Carlos Alcaraz prevailed over Jannik Sinner after an epic battle.
The Italian stayed focused and converted the third break chance to introduce a tie break and gain momentum. Jannik dominated it and won it 7-0 to steal the set and move closer to the finish line after three hours and 22 minutes of an entertaining battle.
Sinner built a 3-1 lead in the fourth set and looked good to reach the finish line. Alcaraz had other plans, though, and broke back in game six. Still, he hit a double fault and lost serve at love a few minutes later to fall behind.
Sinner served for the victory in game ten and created a match point. Carlos saved it with a deep return and broke back after Jannik's terrible volley to lock the result at 5-5 and make the crowd erupt in joy. With momentum on his side, Alcaraz placed a volley winner at the net in game 12 to steal the rival's serve for the second straight time and introduce a decider after four hours and 25 minutes.
Sinner stayed composed and grabbed a break at 15 at 2-2 with a deep return. The Italian squandered a 40-15 lead in the next one that could have pushed him closer to the finish line and netted a forehand to lose serve. Jannik wasted a game point at 3-4 and experienced a break after a loose backhand that sealed his fate.
Carlos served for the victory in game nine and fired a booming serve that propelled him into the first Major semi-final. "I had some tough losses, but this is on the top list. This one will hurt for quite a while. Still, I will wake up today and try to find positive things, although it's not easy after such a tough loss.
I hope I can prevail in a tight match like this next time. It was an excellent match for us on the court and the crowd in the stands. I beat Carlos last time, and he got this one; we are moving on," Jannik Sinner said.