Felix Auger-Aliassime has moved into the U.S. Open semi-finals earlier today due to the young Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz retiring due to injury mid-game. The match was halted at 6-3,3-1 with the advantage to the Canadian.
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Alcaraz kept his cool as Auger-Aliassime took the first set. The Canadian continued his momentum into the next set to build a 3-1 advantage. As Alcaraz prepared to serve, he showed signs of distress and indicated that he could not go on to continue the game. “I don’t know what happened, I didn’t see it coming. I thought we were putting on a good show.” Auger-Aliassime said in an on-court interview, reports Reuters.
Alcaraz became the youngest U.S. Open quarterfinalist in63. The history run written by the Spanish youngster could not go further due to his right thigh issue due to a long-lasting succession of tough games. “Before the match, I felt it, I start the match controlling the pain. At the beginning of the second set it started to (increase), the pain,” said Alcaraz
After coming off from back-to-back gruelling matches of five sets and a very impressive fight in the third round to pick up a hard-fought victory over world number 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alcaraz took to the court with his legs heavily strapped as he also looked less energized compared to his games before that got him into the quarter-finals tie. Auger-Aliassime is now scheduled to face the Russian Daniil Medvedev in the semi-finals this weekend on the 11th of September.