Alcaraz saved a match point to beat Sinner and progress into the US Open semifinals.
Carlos Alcaraz was a bit at a loss for words after defeating Jannik Sinner in an absolute US Open thriller. On Wednesday night in New York, Alcaraz saved a match point to beat Sinner 6-3 6-7 (7) 6-7 (0) 7-5 6-3. The match, which lasted five hours and 15 minutes, ended at 2.50am – the latest finish in US Open history.
“Honestly, I still don’t know how I did it,” Alcaraz said after the win, per the ATP website. “You have to believe in yourself. I believed in my game. It was really difficult to close out the match. I tried to stay calm, but it is difficult in the moment.”
Alcaraz saved a match point in the fourth set
After winning the second and third sets via a tie-break, Sinner had a 5-3 lead in the fourth set and a great chance to close out the match. In the 10th game – when Sinner was serving for the match – he missed out on a match point as Alcaraz broke back to tie the set to five games apiece.
Alcaraz broke Sinner again in the 12th game, when the Italian was serving to stay in the fourth set. In the fifth set, Sinner was up by a break and had a 3-2 lead, before he suffered a stunning collapse and lost the next four games and the match.
“Probably at the end of the match, I was [at] my end. It was really, really tough for me,” Alcaraz said. “[But], during the whole match, five hours, 15 minutes of the match, I felt great physically. The level of tennis that we played, it was really, really high.
But I felt great. The energy I received in this court at 3 a.m., it was unbelievable. I mean, probably in other tournaments, everybody [would go] to their house to rest. But they [stayed] in the court, supporting me. It was unbelievable”. Alcaraz plays Frances Tiafoe in the US Open semifinals.