Carlos Alcaraz continued his impressive run at the US Open, securing a spot in the quarter-finals. The defending champion, Alcaraz, showcased his dominance in a swift victory over Italian Matteo Arnaldi, winning 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 in just under two hours.
The 20-year-old Spaniard is eyeing a rare achievement, aiming to become the first man since Roger Federer in 2008 to successfully defend the US Open title after winning it the previous year. His quarter-final opponent will be determined later, with a potential matchup against Germany’s Alexander Zverev or Italy’s sixth seed Jannik Sinner.
A clash with Sinner would be a rematch of last year’s quarter-final epic, which set a record as the latest-ever finish for a US Open match, concluding at 2.50 am.
Alcaraz expressed his satisfaction with his performance, emphasizing his solid play and reduced errors throughout the match.
Meanwhile, the women’s draw saw more upsets, as highly-ranked players Ons Jabeur and Jessica Pegula were eliminated from the tournament.
In other men’s matches on Monday, eighth-seeded Russian Andrey Rublev advanced with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Britain’s Jack Draper. Rublev is set to face the winner of the later match between Russian third seed Daniil Medvedev, the 2021 champion, and Australian 13th seed Alex de Minaur.