Alcaraz: “I see number 1 but it’s still very far”


The Spanish Carlos Alcaraz He assured Friday that you always “have to fight to the last ball” and “leave everything” on the court, after winning a five-set battle against the American Frances Tiafoe to qualify for the US Open final.

“It’s a semifinal, we have to give everything we have, we have to fight until the last ball, you have to leave everything on the court,” said Alcaraz in an interview at the foot of the field, just after his semifinal match. .

Alcaraz won 6-7(6), 6-3, 6-1, 6-7(5) and 6-3 against Tiafoe and the final of the US Open will be played this Sunday against the Norwegian. Casper Ruudin a duel that will put at stake the glory of New York and the first position in the world ranking.

At 19 years old, the Murcian could become the youngest US Open champion since American Pete Sampras won in 1990, at 19 years and one month.

“It’s incredible to be able to fight for good things, this is my first time in the final. I see the first position in the ranking, but at the same time it’s still very far. Ruud has a great level and he deserves even in the finals,” he said.

“He is in the ‘big’ final, he played at Roland Garros. For me this is the first, I’ll have to manage my nerves,” he added.

The Murcian also offered a message in Spanish to the fans who encouraged him to Arthur Ashe.

“What about all of you? Many people came from Spain, they came from all over the world to encourage me, to be with me in this very special moment. Three matches to five sets, very long, very -demanding, I have strength thanks to you who made me happy with every point, every ball. This final is for my family, for my team, for me, for all of you”, he said.

Source: La Verdad


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