Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner make US Open history in match that lasts over five hours

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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.

Carlos Alcaraz of Spain reacts by winning a point in a fourth set against Jannik Sinner of Italy in their men’s singles quarterfinal match on day ten of the 2022 US Open in New York.
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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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Spain's Carlos Alcaraz, right, celebrates the match point against Italy's Jannik Sinner in their men's quarter-final match at the US Open in New York.

Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz, right, celebrates the match point against Italy’s Jannik Sinner in their men’s quarter-final match at the US Open in New York.
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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.

Carlos Alcaraz of Spain reacts to a point drop in a tie break against Jannik Sinner of Italy in their men's singles quarterfinal match on day ten of the 2022 US Open.

Carlos Alcaraz of Spain reacts to a point drop in a tie break against Jannik Sinner of Italy in their men’s singles quarterfinal match on day ten of the 2022 US Open.
(Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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.

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