Carlos Alcaraz Joins History Books Alongside Pete Sampras After Defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas at the US Open 2021

Published 09/03/2021, 8:23 PM EDT
Sep 3, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Carlos Alcaraz of Spain celebrates after recording match point against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in a third round match on day five of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports


Tennis is a sport where new heroes are born every single day, every new week. Accordingly, at the US Open 2021, 18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz rose to make history as he upset the third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 0-6, 7-6 (5) in the third round. Now, he is the youngest man to reach the fourth round of the US Open since Michael Chang and Pete Sampras in 1989.

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Undeniably, it is the biggest win of the Spaniard’s young career so far. And hence, Alcaraz said, “This win means everything. A dream came true.”

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Since the start of the season, the young aspirant has won hearts on all surfaces, making fans and experts expect more from him. Eventually, Alcaraz delivered his potential out on the court.

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In the American Grand Slam’s history, 14-time Grand Slam champion Pete Sampras is the all-time youngest champion. Additionally, the 1989 French Open champion, Michael Chang, become a world sensation at a very young age.

Joining both the champions in history, Carlos Alcaraz is the youngest player to reach the US Open fourth round in the 21st century. Undoubtedly, the dream run from him has now only begun.

Right from the start of the match, the Spaniard played with complete authority on the court. Although Stefanos Tsitsipas has performed extraordinarily throughout 2021, he lacked the passion and determination to win this one.

Sep 3, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Carlos Alcaraz of Spain (left) meets Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece at the net after defeating Tsitsipas on day five of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Consequently, the young Spaniard, who looked up to Rafael Nadal ever since his childhood, put on a masterclass. It is a win that will run and re-run for many years to come.

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Who will Alcaraz meet next at the US Open?

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Through to the fourth round, Alcaraz will need to get past Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk to reach the quarterfinals. Indeed, it is a matchup that no one would have expected when the tournament started five days ago.

Sep 3, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Carlos Alcaraz of Spain reacts after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece on day five of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Most significantly, the young Spaniard now has the pressure to back up a historic win of his career. The deeper he goes at the US Open 2021, the more the experience and the stardom he will receive. However, it is tennis that will win as a sport above all.

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Do you think Alcaraz will continue to improve history at this year’s US Open?

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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