Felix Auger-Aliassime and Carlos Alcaraz advanced to the quarterfinals of the US Open 2021 in a draw. Following that, they battled it out for a spot in their first Grand Slam semi-final.
Given the stakes, the duo played giving their best in Arthur Ashe Stadium. Naturally, it was remembered as one of the most pivotal moments in their careers.
Alcaraz, who had worked hard to reach the quarterfinals, was unable to match up with the 21-year-old Canadian. Unfortunately, he was unable to complete the game and had to retire in the middle of it.
Oh no.— José Morgado (@josemorgado) September 8, 2021
Carlitos Alcaraz has to retire down 3-6, 1-3 due to some adductor injury.
Felix Auger-Aliassime into his first career Grand Slam semifinal at 21yo. Will face Medvedev pic.twitter.com/vlor8i1Id8
Despite the unfortunate end, Alcaraz had a fantastic tournament and gained a lot of followers. Following that, he plans to continue to expand his career over the next few years.
Auger-Aliassime defeated Roberto Bautista Agut and Frances Tiafoe to get to the quarterfinals. On his journey to the last eight, Alcaraz defeated the third seed, Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Carlos Alcaraz’s US Open 2021 Dream Run Comes to an End
Alcaraz was not himself, despite keeping the Canadian on his toes. As a result, he got off to a slow start in the first set. Soon later, the Spaniard had a chance to make a comeback, but he squandered it. As a result, Felix clinched the first set with a score of 6-3.
Following that, Alcaraz’s immaculate game motion lost its entire composition. He first contacted the trainer and described his predicament. But, because it didn’t make him feel any better, the Spaniard decided to call it a day on his dream run.
It is, indeed, another tournament that foreshadows what is to come in tennis. Given the absence of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, the US Open 2021 boasts a particularly strong field.
Overall, it will be fascinating to watch if the Canadian can get to the final. Even if he doesn’t win, Auger-Aliassime has given everything he has on the tennis court.