World No. 15 Felix Auger-Aliassime tried to comfort Carlos Alcaraz a bit after the Spaniard was forced to retire mid-match during their US Open quarterfinal clash. Auger-Aliassime was 6-3 3-1 up when Alcaraz called it a match due to an adductor injury.
"Well, the first thing is congratulating Carlos for his fantastic tournament. I also wish him the best. I feel sorry for him. I was expecting a tough battle, the best from him of course," Auger-Aliassime said. "I didn't see it coming.
It's unfortunate to finish like this. At the same time what he's done has never been done here in the Open Era. I think he can be very proud of himself, very positive heading back with a head high. "Myself, the tournament keeps going for me.
I'm happy to be through to the semifinals to give myself a shot to play for a Grand Slam final."
Alcaraz didn't reveal much to Auger-Aliassime
Alcaraz had a stunning US Open campaign and Auger-Aliassime let him to know that.
"He didn't say much. I just told him I'm sorry for him. I didn't ask what he had. Yeah, he didn't say. He didn't say anything," Auger-Aliassime revealed. "I said, 'You're such a great player.
You're an amazing player. You've got to keep going, keep pushing. You're already doing amazing.' "There's not much more to say." Auger-Aliassime didn't notice that Alcaraz was struggling with an injury.
"Not so much. Maybe at the beginning of the second set a little bit. But not so much. I actually didn't know he called the physio. I was about to get up and go and play. I saw that he called the physio. I thought it's just a little something.
I didn't really see anything. Either I was too focused on my game or I'm not seeing things," Auger-Aliassime claimed. "Yeah, I didn't see it coming."