Alcaraz taking no prisoners at US Open

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There's no time like the present for the teens in tennis with Carlos Alcaraz becoming the youngest male to reach the US Open quarter-finals since 1963.

The Spanish sensation outlasted 141st-ranked qualifier Peter Gojowczyk 5-7 6-1 5-7 6-2 6-0 to the delight of the Grandstand crowd.

Alcaraz, 18, is the youngest player since Brazilian Thomaz Koch in the pre-Open era to reach the last eight in New York.

He is also the youngest slam men's singles quarter-finalist since Michael Chang, 18, at the 1990 French Open.

"I'm super excited to be in my first second week in the grand slam, so it's amazing for me. It's a dream come true... ," Alcaraz said.

"I didn't expect to play quarter-finals here. So I think it's a really good performance from me in these matches."

Two days after he defeated third-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas to become the youngest man to defeat a Top 3 player at the US Open, Alcaraz backed it up against the 32-year-old Gojowczyk to be the youngest player to earn back-to-back five-set wins at a slam since a 16-year-old Chang at Flushing Meadows in 1988.

The 55th-ranked Alcaraz now holds a 3-0 record in five-set matches in a spectacular start to his professional career.

Gojowczyk, who was playing in the fourth round of a major for the first time, made a bright start to edge the first set, but was hampered by an injury to his thigh and took a medical timeout midway through the fourth.

The German fought hard but faded badly as the match wore on, labouring behind the baseline as Alcaraz closed out the match by winning the final 10 games.

The teen smashed 35 winners and seven aces while winning 15 points at the net, feeding off the energy of the vocal fans, while his opponent ended the match with a whopping 84 unforced errors.

Alcaraz will go up against 12th-seeded Felix Auger-Aliassime for a spot in the semi-finals after the Canadian defeated his good friend Frances Tiafoe 4-6 6-2 7-6 (8-6) 6-4.

Auger-Aliassime had never reached the final eight at a grand slam tournament until Wimbledon in July, a month before he turned 21 on August 8.

Now he is the youngest man to reach consecutive major quarter-finals since Juan Martin del Potro made it to three straight in 2008-09.

with Reuters

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