Carlos Alcaraz: 'I felt great on the court'



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Carlos Alcaraz: 'I felt great on the court'

Carlos Alcaraz needed only a couple of years to become one of the world's best players. The 19-year-old has won two Masters 1000 titles in 2022 and will have a chance to become world no. 1 after the US Open. The young Spaniard is through to his first Major semi-final in New York following an epic 6-3, 6-7, 6-7, 7-5, 6-3 triumph over Jannik Sinner after five hours and 15 minutes.

Carlos sealed the deal at 2:50 am after fending off a match point in the fourth set's tenth game, refusing to surrender and overcoming a break deficit in the decider. Alcaraz explained that he felt great on the court, preserving energy and emerging at the top in the most challenging match he had ever played.

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 and hit the exit door despite a massive effort.

The Spaniard grabbed the opener in 50 minutes following a return winner at 5-3. Sinner led 5-3 in the second set before Alcaraz pulled it back in game ten to prolong the action. The Italian fended off four set points in the 12th game 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, introducing a tie break.

Jannik dominated it and won all seven points to steal the set after three hours and 22 minutes. Sinner built a 3-1 lead in the fourth set and looked good to emerge at the top in the next half an hour. Alcaraz broke back in game six to improve his chances before hitting a double fault in the next one that pushed him behind again.

Carlos Alcaraz enjoyed his epic victory over Jannik Sinner.

Sinner served for the victory in game ten and created a match point. Carlos saved it with a deep return and grabbed a break after Jannik's terrible volley to lock the result at 5-5.

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.

He had a massive chance to claim the next game and confirm the break but did not use it. 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 at 5-3 to rattle off four straight games and emerge at the top in style on a memorable New York night. "It was one of my career's most extended and demanding matches. Jannik and I produced an extraordinary level, both physically and mentally.

I hope people enjoyed the match from the stands and their homes. The rhythm was incredible, and I felt comfortable, like not many times in my career. I felt well on the court, which helped me to cross the finish line first," Carlos Alcaraz said.