Carlos Alcaraz was seemingly very impressed with Coco Gauff's US Open run as he congratulated the American on becoming a Grand Slam champion at Flushing Meadows. At the age of 19, Gauff lifted her first Grand Slam title after beating Aryna Sabalenka 2-6 6-3 6-2 in the US Open final.
Last year, Alcaraz became a Grand Slam champion at 19 when he defeated Casper Ruud in the final. "Amazing," Alcaraz commented under Gauff's Instagram post.
Alcaraz failed to defend his US Open title
At this year's US Open, Alcaraz was hoping to become the first player since Roger Federer in 2008 to win back-to-back titles at Flushing Meadows.
In the end, Alcaraz fell two wins short of doing so as he was beaten in the semifinal. "Of course, I watch the draw and see the opponents I can play against. Obviously, I am focused day by day. Obviously defending the title here is a goal for me, I'm looking for that.
Obviously, I know that the only man, I think nobody else defended the title here since Roger Federer. So I would love to be part of the tournament history here with Roger to defend the title, as I said it's my main goal and I'm looking for that," Alcaraz said earlier in the tournament after one of his wins.
After Medvedev handed Alcaraz a 7-6 (3) 6-1 3-6 6-3 loss, Alcaraz admitted he just didn't play well enough to win. "I would have loved to have played Novak in the final. but Medvedev deserved it more than me. His forehand surprised me and it was much better than in previous matches.
He is one of the best players in the world so I can't be surprised by most of the things he does," Alcaraz said after losing to Medvedev.
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