Spanish tennis player Carlos Alcaraz has succeeded Andre Agassi as the youngest professional-era quarterfinalist at the US Open. The 18-year-old Alcaraz was in the fourth round 5-7 6-1 5-7 6-2 6-0 too strong for the German Peter Gojowczyk.
At 18 years and 4 months, Alcaraz is 8 days younger than Agassi, when the American surprisingly managed to make it to the last eight as a teenager in 1988 as a teenager and eventually even made it to the semifinals. Alcaraz is also the youngest quarter-finalist at a Grand Slam tournament since 1990, when Michael Chang reached the quarter-finals at Roland Garros. 31 years ago, Chang lost to Agassi in the last eight.
“After the first two sets I thought I had reached my limit physically and mentally”, Alcaraz confessed afterwards. “But I felt the energy and the crowd kept pushing me and it wouldn’t have happened without their support. I hope to be in the second week of a grand slam more often and play quarter finals. I didn’t expect this.”
Alcaraz surprised third-seeded Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in the previous round. He makes his debut in the main draw in New York.
Gojowczyk was one of three qualifiers in the fourth round. On Monday his compatriot Oscar Otte will be in action and on Sunday the Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp caused a stir by reaching the quarterfinals.