Making his US Open debut, an 18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz is through to his first Major quarter-final! At 18 years and four months, the Spaniard became the youngest US Open quarter-finalist in the Open era and the ninth-youngest Major quarter-finalist overall since 1968!
In the fourth round, Carlos took down the experienced German Peter Gojowczyk 5-7, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2, 6-0 in three and a half hours, adding another impressive victory to his tally after toppling world no. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas in a five-setter two days ago.
Playing on a high level for the first time in a couple of years, Gojowczyk could not match Alcaraz's numbers in sets four and five. The German sprayed 80 unforced errors and won 31 points less than his rival, a crazy number when we consider they went into a decider.
There were 44 break chances up for grabs, with Carlos getting broken seven times and securing 13 return games from 26 opportunities to sail into the last eight.
Carlos Alcaraz is through to the US Open quarter-final on debut.
The youngster made a strong start and earned a double break that carried him 4-2 in front. Peter broke back in game eight before losing serve a few minutes later. Serving for the set, Alcaraz lost ground and got broken in games ten and 12 and allowed his opponent to steal the opener.
At the beginning of the second set, the German sprayed a forehand error to suffer a break before wasting his opportunity on the return in the next one. Carlos broke at 15 at 3-1 to extend the advantage and secured the set with the third break in game seven thanks to a forehand winner.
Gojowczyk opened a 5-3 lead with an early break in the third set before Alcaraz saved a set point in game ten and broke back to gain a boost. Still, the youngster experienced another break in game 11 and squandered a break chance in the next one to find himself two sets to one down.
Finding himself a break down in the fourth set, Carlos switched on the alarm button and grabbed three breaks to turn the tables, clinching the set 6-2 with a backhand winner in game eight and becoming the favorite to cross the finish line first.
With nothing left in the tank, Gojowczyk claimed only seven points in the decider, suffering a bagel and propelling Alcaraz into the quarters.