Alcaraz Leaves It (Very, Very) Late in Defeating Sinner at U.S. Open

The Spanish teenager needed five sets and more than five hours to reach the semifinals

It was the latest finish ever at the U.S. Open, played in a city that purportedly never sleeps

Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner made it well worth staying up into the wee hours

off a match point in the fourth set to defeat Sinner, a 21-year-old Italian prodigy, 6-3, 6-7 (7), 6-7 (0), 7-5, 6-3, to advance to the semifinals.

The suspense and tension was that constant, the quality of the shotmaking and the effort that transcendent.

The match, an instant-classic quarterfinal, lasted 5 hours and 15 minutes, the second longest Open match ever

The match was the second longest ever played at the U.S. Open, behind only the 1992 semifinal between Stefan Edberg and Michael Chang

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