Carlos Alcaraz won one of the longest matches in US Open history in the small hours on Thursday morning, toppling Jannik Sinner in a contest that went past 3am in New York. The Spaniard’s semi-final opponent, Frances Tiafoe, got exactly what he wanted after previously admitting that he wanted to face a tired and weary competitor in the final four.
Alcaraz and Sinner went to war at Arthur Ashe Stadium with the rapturous crowd loving every moment of a breathless, back-and-forth contest. The Spaniard took an early lead by winning the first set but his Italian opponent came roaring back and had match points in the fourth.
Another turnaround was on the cards, however, and 19-year-old Alcaraz eventually won 6-3 6-7 6-7 7-5 6-3 in the second-longest match ever played at the US Open, which will have made encouraging viewing for Tiafoe, who awaits in the semi-final.
After beating Russian Andrey Rublev in straight sets, the American said: “I don’t really have a preference. Either gut is going to be tough. They’re both great players. I just hope they play a marathon match, super-long match, and they get really tired come Friday.”
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