Tennis fans around the world were hoping for a repeat of the five-hour, 15-minute epic battle between Carlos Alcaraz (SPA) and Jannik Cinnere (ITA) in the men’s singles quarterfinals of last year’s US Open, but it was not to be.메이저놀이터
World No. 1 Alcaraz breezed past 61st-ranked Matteo Arnaldi (ITA) 3-0 (6-3 6-3 6-4) in one hour and 57 minutes in the men’s singles round of 16 on day eight of the U.S. Open ($65 million-$85.7 billion), the last major of the 2023 calendar year, at Arthur Ashe Stadium inside the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City, U.S., on Friday.
Alcaraz, who won the US Open last year and Wimbledon this year, is three steps away from his third career major title and a second straight US Open.
The 20-year-old, born in 2003, became only the second player since 1968, when professional players were allowed to compete in majors, to reach the US Open quarterfinals three times before turning 21. Only Andy Agassi (5 times-retired-USA) reached the US Open quarterfinals more than Alcaraz before turning 21.
Jannik Sinnehr holds his head in his hands as his match against Alexander Tsverev in the men’s singles round of 16 at the 2023 U.S. Open. AP Yonhap
Alcaraz met Cinnere in the quarterfinals of this tournament last year, winning 3-2 after a five-hour, 15-minute battle. It was the second-longest match in U.S. Open history. Alcaraz rode the momentum to her first major title.
The draw for the tournament could have set up a rematch between Alcaraz and Cinnere in the quarterfinals. “I think everyone was expecting a quarterfinal between me and Cinnere when the draw came out,” Alcaraz said after the match, adding, “Our quarterfinal last year was one of the best matches of my life.”
But it was not to be. In the following round of 16 match, the world number six went down 2-3 (4-6 6-3 2-6 6-4 3-6) to world number 12 Alexander Tsverev (GER) after a four-hour, 41-minute battle. It was Sinnehr’s fourth straight loss after winning his first meeting with Tsverev.
This leaves Alcaraz and Tsverev battling for a spot in the last four.
Andrei Rublev (No. 8-Russia) reached the quarterfinals of the men’s singles with a 3-1 (6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4) victory over Jack Draper (No. 123-Britain). Rublev will face Danil Medvedev (No. 3-Russia), who defeated Alex Diminore (No. 13-Australia) 3-1 (2-6 6-4 6-1 6-2), in the quarterfinals.