Whatever happens from now on, Carlos Alcaraz will have already made history at the US Open. The 18-year-old from Murcia is the youngest to reach the quarterfinals of the tournament in the entire Open Era (1968), and the most precocious since he did it, also with 18, the Brazilian Thomaz Koch in 1963. In the overall Grand Slams, nobody achieved it with less age since Michael Chang (18) at Roland Garros 1990. “They are good data, they impress a little, but they do not mean anything if then I do not get to where the best in history did. Each one has to follow their path and get to where they have dreamed of,” said Alcaraz after suffering to lift a 2-1 and win in the second round, in another match resolved in five sets (5-7, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 and 6-0 in 3:31), to the brave German Peter Gojowczyk, who made things very difficult for him and only gave himself up when his physical condition left him.
The great sensation of the men’s team faces the 21-year-old Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime this Tuesday at the closing of the night session of the Arthur Ashe (around 3:00, Eurosport), whom Toni Nadal advises in New York and who eliminated the American Frances Tiafoe (6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (6) and 6-4). He is the youngest quarterfinal crossing in the tournament since Pat Cash (19) -Mats Wilander (20) in 1984, and in majors since Nadal (20) -Djokovic (19) at Roland Garros 2006.Auger-Aliassime made a glowing prediction about Alcaraz at his press conference: “Carlos is a great player. A great person too, I think. He deserves to be in that position. I think he will be the best tennis player for many years to come.” And then he downplayed the Spanish’s rookie status: “For him everything is newer, not for me, but he is playing well and will continue to do so, so I have to prepare myself to face the best of him.” Charly is also clear that he has not reached the quarters by chance and is not satisfied: “I am an ambitious boy, who always wants more. To be in the quarterfinals is incredible and I did not expect it at all. But I believe in myself, I believe in my game and how I’m doing it. Thinking about it cold, I think I can be there, in this Grand Slam and in those to come. “
If he surpassed the Montreal tennis player, world number 15 without having yet lifted a title, although he has played eight finals, Alcaraz would most likely be expected by Medvedev, which is measured this Tuesday (18:00) with the surprising Dutchman Van de Zandschulp. The Russian has not lost a set in four games and swept the pearl of El Palmar at Wimbledon, in a duel from which he learned “a lot”, he said on Friday after eliminating a top-3 like Tsitsipas. Now you are ready for the challenge.
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Alcaraz also has a good mix of desire and humility: “I love watching videos. I have seen Juan Carlos (Ferrero) matches and Rafa (Nadal) millions. I try to learn, I imagine myself there and I adopt what they do. When I’m with them, I try to speak little and listen a lot, that’s how good things are caught. “In New York he reaps the rewards.
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