Spanish teenage sensation Carlos Alcaraz says it is a ‘dream come true’ to reach his maiden Grand Slam quarterfinal at the US Open.
Alcaraz became the youngest ever man to reach the last eight of the US Open, and the youngest to reach the quarterfinal of any Grand Slam since 1990.
He was made to work hard for it by qualifier Peter Gojowczyk, who battled hard and took him to five sets before starting to struggle physically.
“I’m super excited to be in my first second week in the Grand Slam, so it’s amazing for me,” Alcaraz, 18, said. “It’s a dream come true.
“It’s really tough to play these kind of matches, to play fifth sets. I hope to play more second weeks, to play more quarterfinals 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.”
Alcaraz started the match quickly yet suffered a first-set collapse, meaning he had to battle hard for his spot in the last eight.
“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.
“I started the second set with more power than the first set. It’s a really good performance in the second set for me.
“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.”
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