Bitter end for Alcaraz against Auger-Aliassime ++ 19-year-old Fernandez in the semifinals

Félix Auger-Aliassime is in a semifinal at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in his career.


Félix Auger-Aliassime is the first Canadian in the semifinals of the US Open. Young star Carlos Alcaraz has to give up injured. That happened on the ninth day of the tournament in New York.

Bitter end for Alcaraz

For Carlos Alcaraz, the discovery of the tournament, the US Open ended bitterly. The 18-year-old Spaniard, the youngest quarter-finalist in the Open Era (since 1968), had to pay tribute to the wear and tear of the two five-set victories against Stefanos Tsitsipas and Peter Gojowczyk and played the game against Félix Auger-Aliassime in the night session after a good hour Stand from 3: 6, 1: 3 up. “I’m not used to playing such long matches,” said Alcaraz, who was troubled by an adductor injury on his right thigh.

Canadian premiere by Auger-Aliassime

Félix Auger-Aliassime became the first Canadian ever to qualify for the semi-finals at the US Open. The 21-year-old, who like Roger Federer’s birthday on August 8, is the youngest semi-finalist in New York since Juan Martin Del Potro, when he won the tournament in the final against Federer in 2009 – and the first in a Grand Slam tournament who was born after the turn of the millennium. With Auger-Aliassime and Leylah Fernandez, Canada is only providing two semi-finalists in a major tournament for the second time after Wimbledon 2014 (Bouchard and Raonic).

Medvedev again in the semifinals

Daniil Medvedev was the first player to advance to the semi-finals in the early afternoon. The 25-year-old Russian and the Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp (ATP 117) beat the last remaining qualifier 6: 3, 6: 0, 4: 6, 7: 5. For Medvedev it was the first set loss at this tournament. He is in the semi-finals of Flushing Meadows for the third time in a row. In 2019, the world number two in the final lost to Rafael Nadal, last year he lost to the eventual winner Dominic Thiem in the semifinals.

Sabalenka wins – and trains

In the first women’s semifinals, Leylah Fernandez and Aryna Sabalenka, who has already reached the round of four at Wimbledon, will duel on Thursday. The 23-year-old from Belarus beat French Open winner Barbora Krejcikova from the Czech Republic without any problems 6: 1, 6: 4. Despite the win, Sabalenka went back to the training ground late in the evening after the game. “I did not move well and served badly,” said world number 2, explaining her extra shift.

Sensational Leylah Fernandez

Leylah Fernandez continued her sensational run on Tuesday and is in the semifinals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time. One day after her 19th birthday, the Canadian, who grew up in Montreal and now lives in Florida, beat Jelina Switolina, number 5 in the world, after Naomi Osaka and Angelique Kerber. Fernandez prevailed 6: 3, 3: 6, 7: 6 (7: 5) after almost two and a half hours. When asked what the reason for Canada’s success is, Fernandez said, “Maple syrup.”

Successful start for Junior Kym

Jérôme Kym started the junior competition with a win. After a bye at the start, the 18-year-old from Aargau prevailed against the Peruvian Ignacio Buse 7: 6 (7: 3), 7: 5 after he was 3: 5 behind in the second set. “It was an up and down,” said Kym, who hit 18 aces. “As so often at the beginning of tournaments, I struggled to find the rhythm.” With Adolfo Daniel Vallejo from Paraguay, the number 8 seeded Kym will also face a South American in the 3rd round.

Sebastianna Scilipoti, the only Swiss woman to compete in the main field of junior women, also won her second game in the individual competition. The 18-year-old won in the second round against the French Oceane Babel 6: 4, 6: 7 (0: 7), 6: 3, after the Geneva woman had awarded a first match point in the second set when the score was 6: 5.


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