Carlos Alcaraz has been among the youngsters to watch since the last year’s season restart. Carlos claimed three Challenger titles until the end of 2020 and set eyes on higher goals in the current season. The young Spaniard qualified for the Australian Open main draw and became the youngest winner of a Major match since Thanasi Kokkinakis in 2014! In Paris, Carlos became the youngest player in the Roland Garros third round since 1992 before scoring a win at Wimbledon and securing the first ATP title in Umag as the youngest ATP champion since Kei Nishikori in 2008. After the Winston-Salem semi-final, Carlos embraced his first US Open run and advanced into the fourth round as the youngest player since 1989! In the third round, the Spaniard battled past world no. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 4-6, 7-6, 0-6, 7-6 after four hours and seven minutes, overpowering a much more experienced rival in the decider to reach the last 16 and prove his quality once again.
After the match, Carlos was thrilled with how he played, saying he does not copy anyone but mentioning Roger Federer as a player with a similar style who attacks from both wings. Alcaraz was a more aggressive player than Tsitsipas, going for shots and not stepping back despite trailing in the third set and experiencing a bagel in the fourth. The youngster made a great start, hitting weel and racing into a 4-0 lead. Carlos claimed the opener with three breaks and moved 3-0 in front in the second before the Greek bounced back with five straight games.
Carlos Alcaraz compares his game with Roger Federer’s.
In the tenth game, Stefanos fended off three break chances to wrap up the set and forged a 5-2 advantage in the third. Eager to fight, Alcaraz pulled two breaks back and stole the tie break to move a set away from the win. Stefanos was the only player on the court in the fourth set, earning a bagel but not repeating that in the fifth set that went into a tie break. Holding his nerves, an 18-year-old gained three match points and converted the third with a forehand winner at 6-5 to celebrate a notable victory and advance into the last 16.
“Honestly, I do not copy any player, but I have to say my style is similar to the one of Roger Federer. I’m trying to be aggressive all the time, just like him, and take the ball early on both wings. I still have to improve my serve a bit, but it’s a good correspondence to me,” Carlos Alcaraz said.