US Open: Carlos Alcaraz beats Jannik Sinner in late-night epic

Carlos Alcaraz beat Jannik Sinner in the US Open quarterfinals, in what may well be the match of the tournament so far

Carlos Alcaraz (right) beat Jannik Sinner in the US Open quarterfinals

Carlos Alcaraz saved a match point to beat Jannik Sinner in a five-set thriller in the US Open quarterfinals on Thursday morning.

Alcaraz battled past Jannik Sinner 6-3, 6-7 (7), 6-7 (0), 7-5, 6-3 in the latest ever finish in the tournament’s 141-year history.

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A five-hour 15-minute duel finished at 2:50am local time to beat the previous record for the latest finish to a US Open match was 2:26am.

The Spaniard saved match point at 4-5 in the fourth set and rallied to a famous victory.

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“Honestly, I still don’t know how I did it,” Alcaraz said. “You have to believe in yourself. I believed in my game.

“It was really difficult to close out the match. I tried to stay calm, but it is difficult in the moment.”

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As much skill was on display in the match, there was just as much courage and will. Both men refused to lose, but only one was able to advance.

Three-time major winner Stan Wawrinka also chimed in with his praise, asking “How good is this match Alcaraz-Sinner?”

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The level was so high, the match may be remembered as the moment in which Alcaraz and Sinner stepped out of the shadow of the ‘Big 3’ era.

A shattered Sinner said the defeat was the hardest of his young career.

“I had some tough losses for sure, and this is in the top list,” the Italian said.

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“I think this one will hurt for quite a while but tomorrow – or today – I wake up and try to somehow take the positives but it’s tough for sure.”