09/08/2021 at 05:08 CEST
. / Flushing Meadows
Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, twelfth seed, passed this Tuesday at semifinals from the US Open to beat Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz 6-3 and 3-1, who had to leave the game due to injury. With the 2-1 in the second set and the serve in the hands of Auger-Aliassime, Alcaraz requested the presence of the tournament physiotherapist to feel discomfort in the adductor. Then he wanted to continue, but with the score at 3-1, the 18-year-old Alcaraz, highly demanded in the two previous matches, which reached five sets, could not continue in the match and retirement when he was looking for his first Grand Slam semifinals, in what was his debut at the Open.
Auger-Aliassime, who plays his fourth Open, will play his first Open semifinals and a Grand Slam and will face the Russian Daniil Medvedev, second favorite, who in the first quarterfinal match beat Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp 6-3, 6-0, 4-6 and 7-5.
The game, which began with the serve in the hands of the Canadian tennis player, developed without anything remarkable until the sixth game, when Alcaraz got 15-40 down and, although he saved three break balls, at the end in the fourth game he could not avoiding the first break, which gave Auger-Aliassime a 4-2 lead. That was all it took for the Canadian to keep his for the rest of the set, after coming back in the ninth from 0-40 with six straight goals and securing the first set, which lasted 44 minutes.
The second did not start at all well for Alcaraz, who saw how in the first game he lost his serve and from that moment, his confidence in his game also went away so that Auger-Aliassime, with a great powerful serve, achieved the 2-0 . Then came the 2-1 of the Spanish who kept his service, but with a physically touched Alcaraz he could no longer respond to Auger-Aliassime’s serve that with an ace, the eighth of the game, made it 3-1.
Then Alcaraz could not continue and had to say goodbye to an Open in which He already made history despite the withdrawal, wrapped in a great ovation by the New York fans who packed the Arthur Ashe Stadium center court in Flushing Meadows.