Carlos Alcaraz, Jannik Sinner make US Open history in match that lasts over five hours

Carlos Alcaraz, Jannik Sinner make US Open history in match that lasts over five hours

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In the second-longest match and the latest-ever finish in US Open history, No. 3 Carlos Alcaraz beat No. 11 Jannik Sinner to move on to the semifinal round.

The match ended at 2:50 am ET, as these players just wouldn’t quit. It came down to the fifth set where the 19-year-old Alcaraz finally closed it out for a final score of 6-3, 6-7, 6-7, 7-5, 6-3, and he just laid on the court in awe that it was over.

“I don’t know how I did it,” he said after the match.

Carlos Alcaraz, of Spain, reacts to winning a point in a fourth set against Jannik Sinner of Italy during their Men’s Singles Quarterfinal match on Day Ten of the 2022 US Open in New York City.
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Sinner almost got the job done in the fourth set, but Alcaraz avoided the match point and ended up forcing that fifth set.

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“I always say you have to believe in yourself all the time,” Alcaraz said.

Despite everyone in Arthur Ashe Stadium being tired, the tension and suspense was palpable. Proof of that came when Sinner secured a break point to make it 3-2 in the fifth set. However, Alcaraz would break him in the next game and would not lose another one from there.

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Carlos Alcaraz, of Spain, right, celebrates match point against Jannik Sinner, of Italy, during their Men's Singles Quarterfinal match at the US Open in New York City.

Carlos Alcaraz, of Spain, right, celebrates match point against Jannik Sinner, of Italy, during their Men’s Singles Quarterfinal match at the US Open in New York City.
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“Honestly, thank you to all of you,” Alcaraz said to the crowd, thanking them for having energy from start to finish.

“I couldn’t believe the energy I received here.”

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The first set went to Alcaraz pretty easily, but Sinner made things much tougher for his opponent from there. Despite Alcaraz wowing the crowd with a behind-the-back return in the second set, Sinner had the match in his hands, until he did not.

Carlos Alcaraz, of Spain, reacts to a lost point in a tie-breaker against Jannik Sinner, of Italy, during their Men's Singles Quarterfinal match on Day Ten of the 2022 US Open.

Carlos Alcaraz, of Spain, reacts to a lost point in a tie-breaker against Jannik Sinner, of Italy, during their Men’s Singles Quarterfinal match on Day Ten of the 2022 US Open.
(Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

No matter which way you put it, this match was electric between two of the young phenoms in the sport, and one that everyone who stayed up to watch will not forget.

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Alcaraz will be taking on American Frances Tiafoe in the semifinal on Friday, where Tiafoe is the first Black player to reach the semifinal since Arthur Ashe.

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