3am: Alcaraz and Ciner showcase the tennis of the future in an epic record-breaking match

3am: Alcaraz and Ciner showcase the tennis of the future in an epic record-breaking match

Carlos Alcaraz is into the semi-finals of the US Open after an incredible turnaround in a match that will be talked about for years. The Spaniard beat Yannick Siner 6-3, 6-7, 6-7, 7-5, 6-3 in an epic clash between two players who are arguably the future of men’s tennis.

Carlos and Yannick played for 5 hours and 18 minutes, ending just before 3:00 a.m. New York time, sweeping the records.

It was the second-longest match in US Open history, with just 8 minutes separating the match from being #1 all-time. But there is no doubt that he is the latest finisher, as no one has ever gone past 02:26 local time.

And what match was it!?

Sinner will be wondering how he lost it after leading 2-1 in the set and breaking in the fourth, serving for the win at 5-4. There was also a match ball, but he missed it, and on the contrary, he had a unique character.

Carlos Alcaraz

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Alcaraz, 19, is already visibly the new Nadal, he just never gives up. The headquarters were shouting at him like mad to stop getting angry, wasting energy talking and arguing with the referee, the audience and himself.

“Shut your mouth,” his coaching staff pointed out with their messages. And he did, gritted his teeth and turned the meeting around.

In the fifth set, he again fell behind with a break, but at 2:3 he broke twice in a row to serve alone for the victory. And to end this great duel with an ace.

The stadium in New York was not full for the end of the game, it was too late. And both young men are not Djokovic and Nadal, for example. But they deserved full stands and the whole world to see what they did.

Alcaraz will play local favorite Francis Tiafoe in the semifinals, and how he will fare even then is unclear. Two five-set matches (two days ago against Marin Cilic and this morning), huge run, great workload…

The other pair is Karen Khachanov – Kasper Ruud, and the bet is that the Norwegian Ruud can become #1 in the rankings if he wins. But Alcaraz can too – if he wins the tournament.

And how about a final between the two and a direct duel for the top of men’s tennis?

The best thing for us, as fans of the game in Bulgaria, is that Siner – a two-time champion in Sofia and obviously a great young player for the future – will again play in the tournament in our country at the end of the month.

And Alcaraz became the youngest Slam semi-finalist since 2005 (and again – Nadal’s achievement). And the youngest at the US Open since 1990, when Pete Sampras was in that role.

Just 19, the tennis world seems about to fall at the feet of a new Spanish star.

Yannick Siner

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