Carlos Alcaraz repeated his feats and made history by being the youngest quarter-finalist at the US Open since before the Open Era in 1963. The 18-year-old tennis player beat German Peter Gojowczyk 5-7 6-1 5-7 6-2 6-0 today to get into the quarter-final stage.
The future is now for Carlos Alcaraz. pic.twitter.com/OkysItHakV
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 6, 2021
Agassi was intact, a semifinalist in that year’s US Open but lost to legendary tennis player Ivan Lendl in that stage. The Spaniard is the youngest professional tennis to reach this round in the Open Era. If we count tournaments before the Open Era, Alcaraz is the youngest Brazilian amateur player Thomaz Koch in 1963, which was five years before Grand Slams became open to professional tennis players.
The young player ended up with 35 winners, seven more than his opponent while racking up 45 unforced errors which were 39 fewer than the German. The teenager was serving for the opening set at 5-4 before it was broken by his opponent who won three straight games to take the set on the seventh breakpoint but Alcaraz did not give up as he took the opportunity to take a breakpoint in the first game of the 2nd set. A double fault from the German-led to Alcatraz taking the opportunity to seal the set in 31 minutes.
Gojowczyk also did not give up as he served out the third set in his favour within 56 minutes. Both were treated on their left legs deep during the 4th set. Alcaraz was able to hold onto his lead of 4-1 in the set and with consecutive backhand winners and got a breakpoint to take the match into the fifth set. The German tried to get points quickly to preserve momentum after a gruelling schedule but Alcaraz picked him apart and blanked him in the last set. He will play 12th seed Felix Auger-Aliassime next, after the Canadian’s victory over American Frances Tiafoe.
Alcaraz who won against world number 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas in the 3rd round has said that these matches are tough. Alcatraz added, “In the first sets I thought that I reached my limit physically and mentally. I think the crowd was important for me in this situation. I felt the energy of the crowd pushing me up… without the crowd, it couldn’t be possible to be here.”