Carlos Alcaraz became the youngest player in the Open era to reach the quarter-finals of the men’s tournament at Flushing Meadows after the 18-year-old Spaniard beat Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk 5-7 6-1 5-7 6-2 6-0 on Sunday.

Alcaraz, who is 18 years and four months old, is eight days younger than Andre Agassi when the American reached the 1988 U.S. Open quarter-finals and semi-finals, according to U.S. Open stats.

The Spaniard is also the youngest to reach this stage in New York since Brazilian Thomaz Koch in 1963, five years before the sport turned professional when the tournament was known as the U.S. Championships.

“It’s really tough to play these kinds of matches, to play fifth sets,” Alcaraz told reporters.

“I hope to play more second weeks, to play more quarter-finals of Grand Slams. I didn’t expect to play (in the) quarter-finals here.”

32-year-old Gojowczyk playing in the fourth round of a major for the first time, made a bright start to edge the first set, but was hampered by an injury to his thigh and took a medical timeout midway through the fourth.

Alcaraz outlasted the German in the Grandstand The German fought hard but faded badly as the match wore on, labouring behind the baseline as Alcaraz closed out the match with a bagel in the decider, sealing victory in three hours, 31 minutes when Gojowczyk sent a forehand sailing long.

Alcaraz smashed 35 winners and seven aces while winning 15 points at the net, feeding off the energy of the vocal crowd on Grandstand, while his opponent ended the match with a whopping 84 unforced errors.

“The first set was really, really tough. “But I start the second set with more power than the first set. I forgave the first set, and still focus on what I have to do in the second set. So it’s a really good performance in the second set for me.” ,” Alcaraz added

“I felt the energy of the crowd pushing me up… without the crowd, it couldn’t be possible to be here.”

Next up for the Spaniard is No. 12 seeded Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, who dispatched American Frances Tiafoe 4-66-2 7-6(6) 6-4.

 

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