Carlos Alcaraz is having a truly sensational 2022 season.
It was without a doubt one of the most attractive and incredible matches of the 2022 season, which kept the fans glued to the television screen and the public in the stands. Indeed, the battle between Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz at the 2022 edition of the Us Open marked an era: in the quarterfinals, the two faced each other and resulted in a truly fascinating matchup.
The South African, after losing the first set, showed great growth in his game and turned the result around thanks to two tie-breaks (the second he won 7-0). Then it was not so concrete, since he served for the match in the fourth set and began to suffer the arrogant comeback of the Iberian, who continued his way to the final and the title.
The match provided a lot of interesting insights between two guys who will surely be protagonists of the present and future of world tennis. The rivalry has already heated up between two great friends off the court, sometimes compared to one between two members of the Big Three.
It was Stacey Allaster (director of the United States Grand Slam tournament) who unearthed the memory of that unforgettable match, the longest played in Flushing Meadows. In a podcast from the same competition, she said: “We saw John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg how great they were.
Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi also had an impressive level. This match, however, raised the bar even higher.”
Alcaraz is the World No.1
Recent Us Open winner Carlos Alcaraz has struggled to confirm his status in recent weeks.
He arrived in Basel with little confidence having won just one game in the last three including a surprise first-round loss in Astana to David Goffin. The young Spaniard seems to have regained his tennis and his relaxation which is his strength.
After a battle in the first round against Jack Draper (45th in the world) won in three sets, Carlos took on the Dutchman Botic Van de Zandschulp (35th). He won 6-4 6-2 and therefore qualifies for the quarter-finals at the SwissIndoor Open which will take place on Friday.
After his victory, the world number one confided in the important moments of the matches where he manages to disconnect the stake in order to play his best tennis. “I want to be a great player and that’s what makes the difference between good players and the best, those are the important points.
That’s when you need to bring out your best shots, in my case being aggressive, going to the net and hitting spectacular shots. I don’t want to feel the pressure of the important points. I have fun and I go there, trying to play my best tennis,” said the 19-year-old Spaniard.