Bisnis.comJAKARTA – Felix Auger-Aliassime advanced to the semifinals of the US Open on Tuesday (Wednesday WIB) when Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz was suspended due to an abductor injury while trailing 3-6, 1-3.
The 18-year-old Spaniard showed no sign of struggling as Auger-Aliassime took the first set, but after the Canadian broke to open the second set Alcaraz dropped.
At the first turn of the second set, Alcaraz called a physiotherapist but did not receive any treatment. One game later, the Spaniard turned around and indicated he couldn’t continue.
“It’s very hard to end a big tournament like this,” Alcaraz said. “I had no choice but to keep playing.
“First I have to take care of my body.
“I felt bad to keep playing, so I had to step down.”
After five successive sets, including a third-round win over Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alcaraz entered the court both bandaged and seemingly lacking the energy and energy that took him to the quarter-finals.
“I didn’t see it coming. It’s a shame it ended like this,” Auger-Aliassime said. “I really didn’t see anything.
“Either I’m too focused on my game or I’m not seeing anything.”
Auger-Aliassime is the first Canadian male to reach the US Open semifinals. He will face second seed Daniil Medvedev of Russia.
The 21-year-old joins compatriot Leylah Fernandez, who booked a place in the women’s singles last four earlier on the same day by beating Elina Svitolina.
“It’s great for Canada. It’s great for Quebec,” Auger-Aliassime said. “I never thought a day like this would come.
“Both little girls and little boys from Montreal, both at the same time in the US Open semifinals.
“This is special.
“I hope people at home also cherish this moment.
“It’s great but it would be great if we were both in the final.”
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