Carlos Alcaraz: 'I do not know how I did it'



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Carlos Alcaraz: 'I do not know how I did it'

The 19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz is through to his first Major semi-final at the US Open. Carlos survived a massive scare against Jannik Sinner at Arthur Ashe Stadium to remain on the title course and keep his no. 1 chances alive.

The Spaniard fended off a match point in the fourth set and prevailed 6-3, 6-7, 6-7, 7-5, 6-3 in five hours and 15 minutes! They completed the last point at 2:50 am for the latest US Open finish in history. Jannik led 5-3 in the fourth set and earned a match point on serve at 5-4.

He squandered it and lost four straight games to hand the set to Carlos, who used the opportunity with both hands. They had 60 winners each, and Jannik produced more unforced mistakes. The crowd witnessed 42 break chances, and Alcaraz made 11 return games from 26 opportunities.

Sinner earned seven breaks, which was not enough after wasting that lead in set number four. They traded breaks in the opener to level the score at 2-2 before Carlos fired a return winner to move in front. The Spaniard stroke another return winner at 5-3 to close the opener after 50 minutes.

Sinner moved in front with a break in the second set's third game and held at love for 5-3. He served for the set in game ten when Alcaraz broke back to prolong the action. The Italian saved four set points behind the initial shot at 5-6 and another at 6-7 in the tie break.

Jannik placed a backhand return winner at 8-7 to wrap up the set and level the overall score after over two hours of an entertaining battle. 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 failed to bring the set home on his serve, as the Italian pulled the break back in the next one.

Jannik dominated the tie break and claimed it 7-0 to steal the set and move closer to the finish line after three hours and 22 minutes. Sinner built a 3-1 lead in the fourth set and looked good to emerge at the top. Alcaraz broke back in game six to improve his chances and remain competitive.

Carlos Alcaraz spoke about his epic victory over Jannik Sinner.

Still, he hit a double fault and lost serve at love a few minutes later to fall behind again. 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 made a fresh start in the fifth set and grabbed a break at 2-2 with a deep return. He had a massive chance to claim the next game and confirm the break, but it was not to be for him. Alcaraz came from 40-15 down and clinched a break that brought him back to the positive side.

The Spaniard broke again at 4-3 after the rival's loose backhand to move in front and serve for the victory. Carlos fired a booming serve in that night game to rattle off four straight games and emerge at the top in style on a memorable New York night.

"Honestly, I still do not know how I did it. The level of the match was incredible. Jannik is a great player; his game is spectacular. I thank everyone for their support and love, especially during the most challenging moments. The crowd's energy was incredible," Carlos Alcaraz said.