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In the second longest match and final result in US Open history, No. 3 Carlos Alcaraz defeated No. 11 Jannik Sinner to advance to the semifinals.
The game ended at 2:50 a.m. ET because these players just wouldn’t give up. It ended in the fifth set where 19-year-old Alcaraz finally closed for a final score of 6-3, 6-7, 6-7, 7-5, 6-3, and he was just lying on the court in fear that it would be over.
“I don’t know how I did it,” he said after the game.
Sinner almost got the job done in the fourth set, but Alcaraz dodged the match point and ended up forcing that fifth set.
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“I always say believe in yourself all the time,” Alcaraz said.
Although everyone at Arthur Ashe Stadium was tired, the tension and suspense was palpable. The proof came when Sinner earned a break point to make it 3-2 in the fifth set. However, Alcaraz would break it in the next game and not lose one from there.
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“Honestly, thank you all,” Alcaraz told the crowd, thanking them for having the energy from start to finish.
“I couldn’t believe the energy I received here.”
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The first set went fairly easily to Alcaraz, but Sinner made it much harder for his opponent from there. Although Alcaraz wowed the crowd with a behind-the-back comeback in the second set, Sinner had the game in his hands. Until he doesn’t.
No matter how you put it, this match was electric between two of the sport’s young phenoms, and one that anyone who stayed awake won’t forget.
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Alcaraz will face American Frances Tiafoe in the semifinals on Friday, where Tiafoe is the first black player to reach the semifinals since Arthur Ashe.