Alcaraz earns first Grand Slam quarter-final
Carlos Alcaraz shows his worth as one of the best rising stars in the ATP Tour as he closed out a win versus Peter Gojowczyk in just five sets. The Spaniard has now earned his first berth in the quarter-finals in a Grand Slam contest for the first time in his young career.
After beating world no. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas in the US Open, Carlos has brought his game to the next level and came up with a strong win to keep gunning for his first title in the Grand Slams. At the age of 18, that is already a huge feat for him to be proud of.
Carlos claimed back to back five-set wins for the first time in his career as he won 5-7, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2, and 6-0. The starlet had 35 winners in total, which is five more than Peter. That sets the tone for his strong push in the US Open.
‘I'm super excited to be in my first second week in the Grand Slam, so it's amazing for me. It's a dream come true’, the starlet said. ‘It's really tough to play these kind of matches, to play fifth sets. I hope to play more second weeks, to play more quarter-finals of Grand Slams. I didn't expect to play quarter-finals here’.
The first set was tough on him, but Carlos bounced back and showed more power in the next sets and even closed out the last two with a lot of grit. He made good on his next chance to serve it out after 56 minutes.
Carlos’ win versus Tsitsipas has already set the bar for him, and this means there is more to expect from him as he goes for more wins in the US Open. Who knows, he might even be the one to put an end to Novak Djokovic’s golden run in the ATP Tour as the Serbian goes for a Grand Slam.
The US Open is one of the most intense contests in the ATP Tour, and it never failed to impress with Carlos showing up. He has to work hard if this is going to be his first Grand Slam win. This is an opportunity that the starlet must make the most of.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores