Carlos Alcaraz will never forget this edition of the US Open, regardless of the outcome of his journey. The young Spanish promise took away the satisfaction of eliminating the number 3 ATP Stefanos Tsitsipas in the third round, winning in the fifth set and demonstrating a maturity worthy of the great champions.
Juan Carlos Ferrero's protege received extraordinary support from Arthur Ashe Stadium, also thanks to the controversy generated by his opponent during the tournament. Carlos also passed the litmus test, as he got rid of qualifier Gojowczyk in the round of 16 despite a slow start.
"Am I the youngest to reach the quarterfinals in New York in the Open Era? It's a good thing, but if you don't get important results, it doesn't matter much. Each player has his own path and the accounts will be done in the end ”- said Alcaraz, who will now face Felix Auger-Aliassime for a place in the semifinals.
In a recent interview with L’Equipe, Mats Wilander admitted that he noticed a similarity between the Iberian and Roger Federer.
Mats Wilander on Carlos Alcaraz
“Carlos Alcaraz reminded me of Roger Federer on the second match point, 6 to 4 in the tie-break of the fifth, when behind his cushioning he attempted a lob when he could quite have hit a winning passing in right hit.
It reminded me of the unnecessary shot between the legs that Federer had played on his match point against Marat Safin in the 2004 Australian Open semifinals. He would have had time to do something else but, at this At this point, enjoying the game had been more important than his pursuit of success.
Finally, I also liked the fact that Alcaraz never tries anything stupid, he is smart about his choices. If he ever does take the ball earlier in the next few months then I can tell you all the guys are going to be in serious trouble with this kid" - Mats Wilander said.
Recently, James Blake spoke on Roger Federer and his recent injury. Going by history, the former American player feels that the Swiss ace will bounce back to winning ways. Whenever James felt he was doing really good in tennis, he was always proven wrong when he came up against the 20-time champion.
The 41-year-old spoke on this and stated, “Every time I thought I had the best of anything in tennis, I think Roger Federer just found a way to outdo me. So I suspect he will come back from his knee surgery with a better laugh and put me in my place”.