After four-hour and six-minute marathon rallies, the 18-year-old subsequently became the first youngest player to reach the fourth round of the Grand Slam since 1992.
“I think without this crowd, I would not have the possibility to win this match. I was down at the start of the fourth set, so thank you to the crowd for pushing me through. It is an incredible feeling for me,” Alcaraz said in the post-match interview.
Carlos became the youngest player to defeat a top-three opponent at a major event since Michael Chang(17-year-old) beat World No.1 Ivan Lendl and World No.3 Stefan Edberg at the 1989 French Open.
“Honestly, I Don’t Copy Any Style of a Player”, says Carlos Alcaraz
The Spaniard continued, “This victory means a lot to me. It was the best match of my career. Beating Stefanos Tsitsipas is a dream come true.”
“Honestly I don’t copy any style of a player. I just play my game. But if I have to say, one player that is similar to my game, I think it’s [Roger] Federer. I think similar as my game, trying to be aggressive all the time. I think it’s a good [comparison] for me.”
“Trying to be aggressive all the time with the forehand, backhand. I think I have to improve a little bit the serve. But I think is similar, yeah.”
“When I fall into the court at the end of the match I thought of my family and my friends, other people who were supporting me in Murcia. All my team was also supporting me from the academy. I thought every person that was supporting me from Murcia from the beginning of this history when I was a kid and everything. Was amazing.”
World No.55 Carlos Alcaraz will face German Peter Gojowczyk for a quarter-final spot in Flushing Meadows.
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