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18-year-old Spaniard becomes the youngest man to reach US Open Q/F

Carlos Alcaraz, 18, has become the youngest man in the Open era to reach the last eight of the US Open after coming from behind to beat Peter Gojowczyk in the last 16 of the ongoing US Open. 

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The Spanish teenager had to claw his way back from two sets to one down, eventually winning 5-7 6-1 5-7 6-2 6-0 to become the youngest man in the Open era to reach the US Open last eight.

Alcaraz made the headlines earlier in the tournament by defeating world number three, Stefanos Tsitsipas and will face another rising star, 21-year-old Félix Auger-Aliassime, for a place in the semifinals. 

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

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“It’s really tough to play these kind of matches, to play fifth sets. I hope to play more second weeks, to play more quarterfinals of grand slams. I didn’t expect to play quarterfinals here. So I think it’s a really good performance from me in these matches.”

That shock win over Tsitsipas — which Alcaraz secured in a nail-biting, fifth-set tie break — added to what has already been an incredible breakout season for the youngster.

Alcaraz won his first ATP Tour title in July, beating Richard Gasquet in the final of the Croatian Open, and also reached the third round at the French Open.

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