Alcaraz Beats Sinner to reach U.S. Open Semifinals

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It seemed like this fight would go on forever. shouldn't be the end, some could argue. For five hours and fifteen minutes, two of the brightest young stars in men's tennis, Carlos Alcaraz & Jannik

Sinner exchanged shots of the highest quality and countless momentum swings across five sterling sets the match did not end until 2:50 a.m. on Thursday, making it the latest finish in US Open history

It was "just" a quarterfinal, no trophy at risk, yet it was as tense a thriller as this tournament has produced or, likely, will, a tour de force of massive cuts on the full run and plenty of guts,

a 6-3, 6-7 (7), 6-7 (0), 7-5, 6-3 victory for the No. 3-seeded Alcaraz, a 19-year-old from Spain. After preventing a match point in the fourth set at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Alcaraz commented,

"I still don't know how I achieved it. "He also used terms such as "unbelievable" and "incredible." No hyperbole there. "This one will hurt for quite a while," claimed No. 11 Sinner, 

a 21-year-old Italian. But when I get up tomorrow — or today, for that matter — I will attempt to find a way to [focus on] only the good. "Alcaraz, whose five-set triumph over 2014 US Open champion

Marin Cilic finished at 2:23 a.m. Tuesday, reached his first Grand Slam semifinal and is the youngest man to get that far at the US Open since Pete Sampras won the title at age 19 in 1990. 

This coming Friday, No. 22 ranked Frances Tiafoe of the United States will be standing in the way of Alcaraz's attempt to move up to the top spot in the rankings the following week.

With a start time of 9:45 p.m. on Wednesday, this match comfortably broke the previous record for latest time of finish at the US Open, which had been shared by three matches at 2:26 a.m.

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