Spanish teenager ‘not from this planet’ after outrageous US Open shot (VIDEO) – RT Sport News
Carlos Alcaraz booked a place in the US Open semi-finals with an epic five-set victory over Italian rival Jannik Sinner – producing a dazzling shot en route that saw the Spanish teenager hailed as « an alien » for his prodigious talent.
Alcaraz, 19, marched to New York with a late-night win over 21-year-old Sinner at Arthur Ashe Stadium, advancing to the last four of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career.
Spain’s third seed prevailed in a marathon of five hours and 15 minutes, winning 6-3, 6-7, 6-7, 7-5, 6-3 after saving a match point in the fourth set.
The contest ended at 2:50 a.m. in New York on Thursday morning, making it the last finish in tournament history.
One play in the second set in particular captured the imagination of tennis fans and was instantly dubbed the hit of the tournament.
Appearing to have passed a forehand from Sinner, Alcaraz brilliantly improvised by performing a return behind the back and then recovering to return a cross winner.
« Oh come on, you’re kidding! » exclaimed the commentary team as the crowd gasped.
A South American tennis Twitter account has sprung that Alcaraz was « not from this planet. »
The Spanish phenom will face Frances Tiafoe in the semi-finals in New York, after the American hero beat Russian ninth seed Andrey Rublev in straight sets in their round of 16 on Wednesday.
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A maiden Grand Slam title for Alcaraz would ensure he climbs to No. 1 on the ATP World Rankings, although he could also achieve that feat if he reaches the final and Norway’s fifth seed Ruud , has failed to progress since her semi-final against Russia’s Karen Khachanov at Flushing Meadows. .
If Alcaraz rises to the top of the ATP, he will become the youngest player to occupy the first place in the history of the ranking (since 1973).
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