US Open 2017: Carlos Alcaraz the youngest player to reach quarter-finals

Alcaraz defeated Alejandro Canizares in the first round American Carlos Alcaraz became the youngest player in the Open era to reach the men’s US Open quarter-finals after a marathon victory over Alejandro Canizares. The…

US Open 2017: Carlos Alcaraz the youngest player to reach quarter-finals

Alcaraz defeated Alejandro Canizares in the first round

American Carlos Alcaraz became the youngest player in the Open era to reach the men’s US Open quarter-finals after a marathon victory over Alejandro Canizares.

The 14-year-old American beat the experienced Spaniard 7-6 (8-6) 3-6 7-6 (10-8) at Washington, beating him in a match lasting four hours and 23 minutes.

“I was nervous,” Alcaraz told NBC. “I never in my life have played so long. I’m very proud and happy with the win.”

Another teenager, Japan’s 13-year-old Kenichi Kuboya, upset Australian Oliver Goss in straight sets.

Alcaraz beat Spain’s Canizares in a two-hour marathon at the Junior European Championships in April.

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to parents who emigrated from Cuba, Alcaraz moved to Miami aged three and became the first-ever teenager to qualify for the U.S Open since 1992.

He is the youngest US Open men’s quarter-finalist since Argentine Guillermo Vilas, who was 15, reached the same stage at the 1970 event.

Federer headlines last eight line-up

Switzerland’s Roger Federer has made the last eight at the US Open for the seventh year in a row.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion defeated Frenchman Benoit Paire 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 6-4.

Later, Federer’s top-seeded sister Mirka was beaten in three sets by unseeded Julia Goerges of Germany.

Federer’s other quarter-final opponent will be Czech Tomas Berdych, who defeated fourth seed Alexander Zverev of Germany.

Berdych is yet to drop a set in his four matches and held on to a 4-6 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 victory.

Elsewhere, third seed Rafael Nadal made it through to the last eight with a 6-2 6-3 6-2 win over sixth seed Dominic Thiem of Austria.

Nadal, who is seeking his first US Open title, will play South African Kevin Anderson, who won 6-3 6-4 6-4 against Croatia’s Borna Coric.

Tomas Berdych booked his place in the last eight with a three-set win over Alexander Zverev

Rafael Nadal of Spain beat Dominic Thiem of Austria to make the quarter-finals of the US Open for the seventh year in a row

Anderson will now face 16th seed John Isner of the United States in the quarter-finals.

Isner defeated Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro in five sets to set up a meeting with 30th seed Anderson.

Defending champion Andy Murray will face Spanish compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut in the quarter-finals.

The 10th seed beat fifth seed Borna Coric of Croatia 6-2 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 6-3 to set up the all-Spanish quarter-final.

“I’ve played him a couple of times,” said Murray. “He’s a very good player. He’s got a big serve and good returns, so it will be another tough match.”

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