Carlos Alcaraz triumphed in a captivating, five-set encounter against Jannik Sinner at the US Open to reach his first grand slam semifinal
It was, by almost half an hour, the latest ever finish in the tournament's history.
The 19-year-old Alcaraz dropped to the floor and put his hand over his face in disbelief when he sealed match point having come perilously close to defeat in the previous set.
The 6-3 6-7 6-7 7-5 6-3 victory lasted five hours and 15 minutes -- Alcaraz's second consecutive marathon match after his five-set victory against Marin Cilic in the previous round
Sinner was serving for the match at 5-4 in the fourth set, but Alcaraz hit back by winning the next three games in a row to force a decider -- saving a match point in the process.
He becomes the youngest men's grand slam semifinalist since compatriot Rafael Nadal in 2005, and the youngest at the US Open since Pete Sampras in 1990.He becomes the youngest men'
"I always say that you have to believe in yourself all the time," Alcaraz said in his on-court interview.
Alcaraz will next play another maiden grand slam semifinalist in Frances Tiafoe, the American having defeated Andrey Rublev in his quarterfinal.
The roller coaster match is likely to be remembered as one of the greatest in the history of the US Open with a dedicated crowd watching on as it continued into the early hours of
Arguably the standout moment was a behind-the-back baseline shot from Alcaraz while under pressure in the second set. He followed it up with backhand passing shot to win the point,