Alcaraz now tied with Agassi

Henry

It took Carlos Alcaraz less than two hours to finish off Great Britain’s Jack Draper. The defending champion was at his offensive best and he won the match 6-3, 6-3 and 6-4 to qualify for the quarter-finals.

In doing so, he became only the second player in the Open era – after Andre Agassi – to play in three US Open quarter-finals before his 21st birthday.

Alcaraz has only lost one match in New York and he admits that hard courts are his favorite court surface.

“When I walked away with the laurels at Wimbledon earlier this year, I gained a much greater appreciation for grass courts. I’m actually comfortable on all three different court surfaces, but hard courts are definitely my favourite,” said the Spaniard.

Then Daniil Medvedev also booked his place in the quarter-finals of the tournament when he beat Alex de Minaur 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 and 6-2.

The Russian initially struggled to get used to the heat, but he soon found his feet to win three sets in a row.

“Some players are quite okay to play in the heat, while I struggle a bit. Fortunately, I managed to switch to a higher gear and I am very satisfied with my game in the last few sets,” said Medvedev.

Results:

Daniil Medvedev beats Alex de Minaur 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 and 6-2

Andrey Rublev beat Jack Draper 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 and 6-4

Carlos Alcaraz beat Matteo Arnaldi 6-3, 6-3 and 6-4

Aryna Sabalenka beat Daria Kasatkina 6-1 and 6-3

Qinwen Zheng beat Ons Jabeur 6-2 and 6-4

Madison Keys beat Jessica Pegula 6-1, 6-3