NEW YORK – Slovak tennis player Alex Molčan failed in the 3rd round of singles at the US Open. The Grand Slam debutant lost to Argentine Diego Sebastian Schwartzman 4: 6, 3: 6, 3: 6 as the qualifier of the tournament team. Despite the loss, he reached a significant milestone.
Right at the premiere in the main competition at one of the Big Four events, he advanced to the elite thirty-two. In the online edition of the world rankings, he ranks 116th, which is his new career maximum. The finalist of the ATP tournament in Belgrade takes home a $ 180,000 pre-tax bonus from Flushing Meadows.
In the introductory game, Molčan lost his own passage with a clean game, but immediately countered the ribs and kept pace with the favorite in the first set. In the end, however, Schwartzman celebrated the success, who took Molčan’s service for the second time in the match at 4: 4. The Argentine made less unforced mistakes in long exchanges, he could change the rhythm of the game and help himself with a quality forehand.
Schwartzman was a tough nut to crack
At the beginning of the second act, Molčan led 2: 1, but Schwartzman then won four games in a row. Although Molčan reduced the opponent’s lead to 3: 5, he subsequently lost the serve again. In the third set, Schwartzman bounced back to Molčan 5: 3 thanks to a break in the eighth game, and the match was already successfully completed. Last year’s semifinalist Roland Garros turned the first swordball after a stop volleyball. Slovak tennis also lost its last iron in the single at the US Open.
After the match, Molčan admitted that Schwartzman was a tough nut to crack. “Today was a very difficult match. Diego played almost flawlessly, he moved very well on the court. If I gave him a chance, he took advantage of it right away. I made more mistakes today, but of course it was also due to the fact that he played very He had a good length and accuracy of strokes. I tried too hard to come up with something. In any case, I’m very happy with the overall performance at this year’s US Open. I’m only taking positives from New York and I’ll work on myself to be better, “ said coach Simon Simon’s client.
Alcaraz earned the most valuable scalp in his career
Eighteen-year-old Spanish tennis player Carlos Alcaraz took care of the biggest sensation at this year’s US Open. In the 3rd round of singles in the final grand slam tournament of the year, he eliminated the third seeded Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas after more than four hours of five-hundredth drama 6: 3, 4: 6, 7: 6 (2), 0: 6, 7: 6 (5). German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk is waiting for him in the round of 16. In the 3rd round, the fifth seeded Russian Andrei Rublov also finished, who was eliminated by the home team Frances Tiafoe after sets 4: 6, 6: 3, 7: 6 (6), 4: 6 and 6: 1.
Alcaraz started from the party, thanks to a bold game with a number of winning strokes, he built a 4-0 lead and the first set became his prey. In the second act he did not use the lead 3: 0, but in the third he celebrated success in the secret team. In the fourth, he collected a “canary” from the finalist Roland Garros, but he was able to mobilize in front of the decisive and converted the third sword ball in a row after the winning forehand.
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The Spaniard, who has been named after Rafael Nadal’s successor, is the youngest eight-finalist of the singles at the US Open since 1989. At that time, the Americans Pete Sampras and Michael Chang advanced among the elite sixteen. “Winning Stefanos and advancing to the US Open eight-final means a lot to me. I played the best match of my career and got the most valuable scalp. My dream came true.” said for accredited media moved Alcaraz, who advanced to the grand slam round final at the 10th start at the Big Four event. After the US Open, he will be in the world’s top 50 for the first time in his career.
The ruble ends on an American rocket
The battle of five hundred also decided to drop the fifth deployed Rublov. The favorite of the duel took the lead after the first set, but Tiafoe took his hand in the eighth game the following and won 6: 3. The next act reached the secret, the twenty-three-year-old American lost in it 5: 6, but Rublov lost two passes in a row and finally lost 6: 8.
In the next set, the Russian tennis player turned the first set in the score 5: 4, but he did not succeed at all in the deciding race, he lost the serve twice and lost 1: 6. The match at Arthur Ashea Stadium lasted 3:45 h. Tiafoe finally succeeded in the five-hundredth drama in Flushing Meadows, in 2016 he succumbed to John Isner, a year later Roger Federer and in 2019 he lost in five sets to Alexander Zverev. However, he succeeded against Rubľov and for the second time in a row fought his way to the eight finals of the tournament.
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In it, he meets the twelfth-seeded Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, who also needed five hundred and less than four hours to triumph over the eighteenth Spaniard Robert Bautista Agut, and defeated him 6: 3, 6: 4, 4: 6, 3: 6 and 6. : 3.
In the duo of two qualifiers, the German Gojowczyk defeated Swiss Henri Laaksonen 3: 6, 6: 3, 6: 1, 6: 4. For a 32-year-old Munich, this is a lifetime achievement at the Big Four event. The second-placed Russian Daniil Medvedev, the New York finalist from 2019, defeated the Spanish clayman Pablo Andujar 6: 0, 6: 4, 6: 3. His eight-final opponent will be Brit Daniel Evans, who eliminated Australian Alexei Popyrin in five sets 4: 6, 3: 6, 6: 3, 6: 4, 7: 6 (1).
Men’s Singles – Round 3:
Diego Sebastian Schwartzman (ARG.-11) – Alex MOLCAN (SR) 6: 4, 6: 3, 6: 3
Daniil Medvedev (RUS-2) – Pablo Andujar (Sp.) 6: 0, 6: 4, 6: 3
Peter Gojowczyk (DEU) – Henri Laaksonen (Switzerland) 3: 6, 6: 3, 6: 1, 6: 4
Botic van de Zandschulp (NLD) – Facundo Bagnis (ARG) 3: 6, 6: 0, 6: 2, 6: 2
Felix Auger-Aliassime (Kan.-12) – Roberto Bautista Agut (Sp.-18) 6: 3, 6: 4, 4: 6, 3: 6, 6: 3
Carlos Alcaraz (Sp.) – Stefanos Tsitsipas (GR.-3) 6: 3, 4: 6, 7: 6 (2), 0: 6, 7: 6 (5)
Daniel Evans (V. Brit.-24) – Alexei Popyrin (Austr.) 4: 6, 3: 6, 6: 3, 6: 4, 7: 6 (1)
Frances Tiafoe (USA) – Andrei Rublov (Rus.-5) 4: 6, 6: 3, 7: 6 (6), 4: 6, 6: 1
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