US Open 2022: Alcaraz beats Sinner by a record, Swiatek joins Sabalenka, Tiafoe confirms… What to remember from the last quarterfinals

US Open 2022: Alcaraz beats Sinner by a record, Swiatek joins Sabalenka, Tiafoe confirms... What to remember from the last quarterfinals

The last men’s and women’s places at the US Open are already known, Thursday, September 8. Following the qualifications of Karen Khachanov and Casper Ruud, as well as Caroline Garcia and Ons Jabeur, Iga Swiatek and Aryna Sabalenka has validated her pass to the semifinals 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 game between two new wave players (21 and 19 years old respectively). With a result at the end of the night on the courts of New York, this match became the last concluded match in the history of the US Open.

Alcaraz wins the duel over Sinner

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

On the night in New York, despite the exhaustion, the length of the match, and the late hour past the middle of the night, the two players tirelessly continued to deliver a real fight… Never slackening in intensity.

This match thus made history by becoming the one that ended later at the US Open, at around 2:50 am, in front of a melting crowd. “I don’t know how I did it, the level of the game, the level of the match was…”, Alcaraz confided that he had no more words after a long and respectful hug with Sinner. It was 2:50 am in Flushing Meadows, where never in the history of the tournament had a match finished later than 2:26 am At 19 years old, the Spaniard qualifies for his first Grand Slam semifinal. She will face the American Frances Tiafoe (26th) on Friday to try to reach the final and aspire to become world number on Monday.

Swiatek for a New York premiere

Conqueror and sharper, World No.1 Iga Swiatek confidently qualified for her first US Open semifinal with a 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) victory over American Jessica Pegula (8th). She is also the first Polish woman to reach the US Open semifinals. She and she opens the doors to the Grand Slam semis for the third time this year, after the Australian Open, Roland-Garros and now New York.

The 21-year-old Pole, winner of her second Roland-Garros in June, will face Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka (6th) in the semifinals, who defeated Czech Karolina Pliskova 6-1, 7-6 (7/4). iga Swiatek Thus, she recorded a third victory in four matches 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 then, with early eliminations in the third round of Wimbledon, as well as in the round of 16 in Toronto and Cincinnati. She is still, on paper, the favorite of this US Open, where Aryna Sabalenka, the rival she defeated, will have to pass the obstacle first three times in a row in spring.

Tiafoe confirms with panache against Rublev

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

At age 24, his best Major finish was a quarterfinal at the Australian Open in 2019. He is the first American to advance to the US Open semifinals since Andy Roddick in 2006. “I feel at home. This court is incredible, everyone pushes me, I have to give my best. I enjoy these moments, but there are two games left. It will be difficult, let’s let Alcaraz and Sinner fight, but I’m ready, against whoever.” assured.

He was not wrong to evoke a fight, because the last quarter fulfilled all its promises between the Iberians and the transalpines, with a match lasting more than five hours, and above all a classified semifinalist shortly before 3 in the morning, with the title of “player to win the last match in US Open history”. To reach his first final in a Grand Slam tournament, Tiafoe will have to maintain all his perseverance and energy to overcome Carlos Alcaraz, whose physique has surely been affected by their fight in the quarterfinals.

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