Carlos Alcaraz progressed into the quarterfinals of US Open 2021, with a five-sets victory over Peter Gojowczyk in the fourth round encounter. The Spaniard won the final set in an extraordinary manner, as he bageled the German.
With his fourth-round victory, Carlos Alcaraz now becomes the youngest player to reach the quarterfinals of US Open in 31 years. The Spaniard hit 35 winners in the entire match, which were five more than his opponent did.
Speaking in the post-match press conference, Carlos Alcaraz was delighted to have reached the last eight at Flushing Meadows. The 18-year-old stated that he never expected to make it this far at US Open this year, and hopes to play several quarterfinals of Grandslams in the future.
“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,” Alcaraz 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. So I think it’s a really good performance from me in these matches,” he added.
I felt the energy of the crowd pushing me up: Carlos Alcaraz
Carlos Alcaraz believed that the first set was really tough and exhausting for both players. The Spaniard lost the first set by a close margin, conceding it 7-5. However, he came back storming into the match, winning the second set, 6-1.
“The first set was really, really tough,” Alcaraz said. “I think that I was two breaks up in the first set, and end the set losing, but I started the second set with more power than the first set… It’s a really good performance in the second set for me,” he added.
Carlos Alcaraz has received the backing of fans throughout his journey at US Open 2021, and it was no different during his fourth round win on Sunday.
“In the first sets I thought that I reached my limit, physically and mentally. I think the crowd was really, really important for me in this situation. I felt the energy of the crowd pushing me up. I think without the crowd, it couldn’t be possible to be here,” the Spaniard added.