Alex Corretja has declared ‘a star has been born’ after watching Carlos Alcaraz defeat Stefanos Tsitsipas at the US Open.
The 18-year-old came out on top after a thrilling five-set battle on Arthur Ashe, with him holding his nerve to win the deciding tiebreak.
Alacaraz has long been tipped for the top, but this was the biggest win of his career by far and Eurosport expert Corretja thinks it could be the start of something very special.
“I am very proud of Carlos because what he has just done is huge, it’s so difficult – not just to beat Tstisipas which is almost impossible,” Corretja said after Alcaraz’s 6-3, 4-6, 7-6, 0-6, 7-6 win.
“It’s the way he did it – how brave he was, at the beginning of the fifth set he looked very tired physically but then he came back strongly and kept on hitting winners from the forehand side, from the backhand side, with the serve.
“I am exhausted, but I have to say we need these kind of matches. We love tennis because of this emotions I have to say.
“He has only played a five set match once before so I today truly believe a star is born.
“An 18-year-old, coming from Spain, you usually play very well on clay but to develop your game that well on the hard courts at that age is not easy and to defeat the number three seed Tsitsipas 7-6 in the fifth set.
“That shows you are brave and you are ready to be a big tennis player.”
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