19-year-old Alcaraz  and 21-year-old Sinner  – two potentially best players of this decade, in their just fourth meeting (H2H 2:2), but already they have experienced together all classical conditions (indoor hard – grass – clay – outdoor hard). The bar is set exceptionally high for their future encounters, on Arthur Ashe Stadium they’ve produced the second longest match in the tournament history (5 hours 15 minutes) establishing a new record for the latest finish (2:50 am – 24 minutes overcome the previous record of 1993!). There was 3:2* (30-all) for Sinner in the opener when Alcaraz fired one of a few serves (ace) at his full speed and won five straight games. In the 2nd set Sinner led 5:3, then at *5:6 (0/40) he withstood a triple set point with three unreturned serves. Alcaraz had his fourth chance after an incredible point when he played behind his back (jumping on the run!), but missed an easy forehand following Sinner’s BH overhead. The fifth set point for the Spaniard came at 7:6 in the tie-break – Sinner fired an ace DTT. The Italian also trailed in the 3rd set, 5:6* (15/30), yet he managed to win the last nine points of the set (the tie-breaks he grabbed 9/7 & 7/0). Alcaraz, after wasting good chances to win sets 2 & 3, entered the 4th set somewhat deflated, he trailed *0:2 (deuce), once he appeared on the scoreboard his mood improved though. He broke back, but Sinner broke again to lead 5:3. Sinner was quite nervous serving at 5:4, nevertheless he had a match point – sent his backhand wide in the third stroke of a rally. Sinner led with a break in the 5th set too, that time *3:2 (40/15), perhaps he paid the price for serving significantly more in this match (44 points more on serve!) and was broken twice when the match clock indicated the 5-hour mark. Alcaraz delivered his best service game trying to advance to his first major semifinal, he finished the contest with an ace (towards Sinner’s body).
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