Daniel Rincón qualified for the semifinals of the US Open junior tournament on a rainy day in New York, in which he did not lose concentration, despite the fact that his match was postponed twice, to beat American Victor Lilov, also 18 years old and sixth seed, 6-3 and 6-1 in 58 minutes.
Rincón, seeded number three won the first two games of a match that started at around 2:00 p.m. local time and was interrupted by the rain with that 2-0 in his favor and 30-0 in the third game for the champion of the prestigious Orange Bowl in 2019 and tennis player of the Rafa Nadal Academy, where he is trained by Daniel Armengol, James Allenby and Nacho González.
In the match, which resumed after 6:00 p.m., Daniel made only nine unforced errors and did not give his rival on serve a single break opportunity. and he was very fine in that aspect, since he took advantage of four of the five options that he had. With his serves he lost nine points. Daniel awaits rival for the penultimate round. He will be the one who comes out of the duel between the Swiss Jerome Kym and the American Samir Banerjee, second favorite.
Friendship with Alcaraz and training with Nadal
After his match he chatted with AS. “I always try to think about the day to day. We are a little bit closer to the big goal, which would be to win. At the beginning of the tournament I started with doubts, I did not play well, but every time I feel better on the court and I hope to continue improving day by day, because if I do, I could have options “. Rincón shared many tournaments and training with Carlos Alcaraz when they were younger. “We played in teams and in the National Team. He is a very good friend of mine and I have a lot of affection for him, and I am very happy for everything he is doing, because he deserves it, he has worked very hard. I can only congratulate him and continue training and improving for one day, if possible, to get to where he is. “In Manacor he has rallied several times with Nadal:” When he is there, people from the group are called to train with him, and it is an incredible experience. In front of him you realize how great he is and why he has achieved so many things. You notice something different, that you don’t see with other professionals. The quality of the ball and the intensity it has is different. My style is different, but I try to learn the most from him, from his desire and to improve every day. The values he has are essential for tennis. ”
The Gipuzkoan Ane Mintegi could not play her quarterfinal match in doubles together with the Andorran Vicky Jiménez, because it was postponed to Friday.