Alcaraz beats Sinner for a record, Swiatek joins Sabalenka, Tiafoe confirms… What to remember from the last quarter-finals

Alcaraz beats Sinner for a record, Swiatek joins Sabalenka, Tiafoe confirms... What to remember from the last quarter-finals

The last men’s and women’s squares of the US Open are now known, Thursday, September 8. After the qualifications of Karen Khachanov and Casper Ruud, as well as Caroline Garcia and Ons Jabeur, Iga Swiatek and Aryna Sabalenka have both validated their ticket to the semi-finals and will face each other for a place in the final.

On the men’s side, Frances Tiafoe eliminated Andrey Rublev and will face Carlos Alcaraz, who defeated Jannik Sinner in a high-stakes match. of intensity and play between two new wave players (aged 21 and 19 respectively). With an outcome at the end of the night on the courts in New York, this match became the last match concluded in the history of the US Open.

Alcaraz wins the duel at the top against Sinner

They fought a battle worthy of the greatest. Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz shook the New York court until the end of the night. Carlos Alcaraz, 4th in the world, showed exceptional mentality and tenacity to win against the Italian in five sets 6-3, 6-7, 6-7 [9]7-5 [7], 6-3. By saving a match point against him in the fourth set, Alcaraz ended the game with a single match point. Again, solid and lucid despite the 5:15 game, he slammed a devastating ace to win. He thus took his revenge on the Italian who had beaten him twice in July, in the final of the Umag tournament (in Croatia) 6-7 [7]6-1, 6-1, and still ahead in the round of 16 at Wimbledon 6-1, 6-4, 6-7 [10]6-3.

In the New York night, despite the fatigue, the duration of the match and the late hour beyond the middle of the night, the two players tirelessly continued to deliver a royal fight… Without ever decreasing in intensity.

This match thus made history by becoming the one that ended the latest at the US Open, around 2:50 a.m., in front of a melting public. “I don’t know how I did, the level of play, the level of the match was…”, confided Alcaraz who had no more words after a long and respectful embrace with Sinner. It was 2:50 a.m. at Flushing Meadows where never in the history of the tournament had a match ended past 2:26 a.m. At 19, the Spaniard thus qualifies for his first Grand Slam semi-final. He will face American Frances Tiafoe (26th) on Friday to try to reach the final and hope to become world number on Monday.

Swiatek for a New York premiere

Conquering and sharper, the world n°1 Iga Swiatek qualified with authority for her first semi-final of the US Open by beating 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) the American Jessica Pegula (8th ). She is also the first Polish woman to reach the semi-finals of the US Open. And it opens the doors of the semis in Grand Slam for the third time this year, after the Australian Open, Roland-Garros and now New York.

The 21-year-old Polish, winner of her second Roland-Garros in June, will face Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka (6th) in the last four, who dismissed Czech Karolina Pliskova 6-1, 7-6 (7/4). Iga Swiatek thus recorded a third victory in now four confrontations against the American, after those won at the WTA 1000 in Miami and then at Roland-Garros. The Pole was then at the heart of an irresistible first half, where she had chained 37 successes in a row for six titles at stake.

A state of grace somewhat lost since, with early eliminations in the third round of Wimbledon, as well as in the round of 16 in Toronto and Cincinnati. She remains, on paper, the favorite of this US Open, where it will first be necessary to pass the obstacle Aryna Sabalenka, opponent whom she beat three times in a row in the spring.

Tiafoe confirms with panache against Rublev

For his part, the American Frances Tiafoe (26th), winner of Rafael Nadal in the quarters, confirmed with a clear victory against the Russian Andrey Rublev (11th in the world) 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/0), 6-4. A rank victory which allows him to access his first half of Grand Slam. He will face Friday, for a place in the final, the winner of the Next Gen clash between Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz. “It’s crazy: to win another big victory (after Nadal), against such a difficult player”, commented Tiafoe.

At 24, his best Major result was a quarter-final at the Australian Open in 2019. He is the first American to advance to the semi-finals of the US Open since Andy Roddick in 2006. . “I feel like home. This court is amazing, everyone pushes me, I have to give my best. I enjoy these moments, but there are two games left. It will be hard, let’s leave Alcaraz and Sinner to fight, but I’m ready, against whoever it is”, he assured.

He was not mistaken in evoking a fight, because the last quarter kept all its promises between the Iberian and the Transalpine, with a match duration exceeding five hours, and above all a semi-finalist qualified a little before 3 a.m. morning, with the title of “player to win the latest match in the history of the US Open”. To reach his first final in a Grand Slam tournament, Tiafoe will have to keep all his consistency and energy to overcome Carlos Alcaraz, whose physique has certainly been damaged by his fight in the quarter-finals.

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