Carlos Alcaraz reaches first grand slam semifinal after marathon, late-night finish against Jannik Sinner
Carlos Alcaraz reached the United States Open men’s quarterfinals with a game to spare after prevailing in a marathon, late-night game against Jannik Sinner at the United States Open.
Alcaraz began his run in fine fashion, winning four straight games to reach the quarterfinals of the tournament. The young Argentine was down 7-5, 6-2 in the second set, but he battled through the set and reached the third set tiebreak to win 14-10.
In the fourth set, Alcaraz was broken for the first time in the match. A tiebreak win by Sinner then put Alcaraz on the move and he ended the night with a 7-6 (10).
Next up for Alcaraz: a quarterfinals match against the No. 4 seed Tommy Robredo of Argentina.
The United States Open Men’s final is also the second leg of a Grand Slam singles event. In the first round, John Isner of the United States beat Kei Nishikori of Japan in the men’s final of the 2017 US Open.
Isner and Nishikori share the longest match of the tournament, a 7-hour and 46-minute match at a total of 4,858 points. It also was the longest match of 2016, when Isner and Nishikori tied at 7 hours and 11 minutes.
Also, the US Open 2016 final was the third longest men’s finals with just five hours for the final, since the men’s singles final at Wimbledon in 1994, which lasted for just five hours.
The women’s final started at 10 a.m. and concluded at 9:09 p.m. ET. Serena Williams topped Kim Clijsters and advanced to her second straight US Open semifinal. Williams beat Clijsters in four sets, 7-6 (7), 6-3, 6-4 and had been up 6-4 in the fourth set when Clijters hit her service game in the final game to cut the deficit to 1-1. Williams prevailed in the next game to advance to