Carlos Alcaraz makes Federer, Nadal and Djokovic comment after reaching US Open semi-final

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Carlos Alcaraz has hinted at a changing of the guard within men’s tennis after defeating Jannik Sinner to secure his spot in the US Open semi-finals. The Spanish teenager declared that while Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic remain “the best”, the likes of himself and Sinner have proven they are “the present” as well as the future of the game.

Alcaraz overcame his Italian opponent 6-3 6-7 6-7 7-5, 6-3 in a mammoth quarter-final encounter under the lights at the Arthur Ashe Stadium which lasted five hours and 15 minutes and finished at 2.50am local time. The 19-year-old made history on the night by becoming the youngest Grand Slam men’s semi-finalist since Nadal at the 2005 French Open and the youngest male to reach the last four at the US Open since Pete Sampras back in 1990.

Following his stunning success, Alcaraz indicated that this year’s tournament at Flushing Meadows could well be the catalyst in a changing of the guard within the men’s game. He said: “As long as Rafa, Djokovic, Federer are there, they will be the best and the rivalry they have between them will always come first.

“But today Jannik and I have shown that we are the present and that we also have a long career ahead of us. We are going to play many times together.”

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