[HOT] : Alcaraz, Harris, Fernandez, Raducanu: Winds of freshness and winds of revolt at the US Open: Listen to DiP Impact

At the start of the second week of the US Open, Antoine Benneteau and Arnaud Di Pasquale reflect on the new faces that have emerged in this last Grand Slam tournament: Carlos Alcaraz, Leylah Fernandez, Emma Raducanu and Lloyd Harris. A breath of fresh air that feels good in the midst of controversy and bursts of tears.

They will try to see what could be the posters of the last rounds, both in a men’s table and in the ladies where very smart will be able to predict who will win the trophy. In the last set, we take a look back at Gaël Monfils’ great outing: even if he did not go further than the third round, seeing him again in a major tournament with this desire pleased our two consultants.

Daniil Medvedev, the first to qualify for the semi-finals

(New York) Daniil Medvedev became the first player to qualify for the quarterfinal at the US Open.

The second-seeded Russian qualified at this point in the competition for a third straight year, knocking out Dutch qualifier Botic van de Zandschulp 6-3, 6-0, 4-6, 7-5.

Medvedev gave up a round for the first time in the tournament, but he managed to counter van de Zandschulp in his attempt to be the first man to advance through qualifying and reach the semi-finals of the New York tournament.

He will face the next round with the winner of the match between Félix Auger-Aliassime and 18-year-old Spanish Carlos Alcaraz.

US Open – Medvedev in half, the shock Alcaraz – Auger-Aliassime to come

Daniil Medvedev first qualified for the semi-finals of theUS Open ! The world number 2 dropped his first set of the tournament against Botic Van de sandshell but finally got out of the trap (6-3, 6-0, 4-6, 7-5) on the Arthur-Ashe. Later that night, the quarter-finals continue with a tantalizing duel between Felix Auger-Aliassime and Carlos Alcaraz placeholder image, an unprecedented qualification in the last four of a Grand Slam for one of the two players at stake.

Daniil Medvedev after his round of 16

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Daniil Medvedev with fin au rêve de Van de Zandschulp

The # 1 outsider of Novak Djokovic continues to respond present in this US Open. If he lost his very first set of the tournament, Medvedev still validated his ticket for the semi-finals by overcoming the surprising qualifier Botic Van de Zandschulp (6-3- 6-0, 4-6, 7-5). After two well-conducted sets, and a 6-0 inflicted despite only 44% of first balls in the second act, the semi-finalist of the 2020 edition was surprised. The 117th world, who eliminated Casper Ruud and Diego Schwartzman on the road to the quarter-finals, took advantage of the sudden Russian imprecision (13 unforced errors) to afford the third set 6-4 without ever being worried about his commitment (no break point to save and 82% of points behind his first bullet). Medvedev however corrected the shot in a very tight 4th set that he won without going through the tie-break box thanks to a late break (7-5). While he had never needed more than 2 hours to beat his successive opponents so far, the number 2 seed at Flushing-Meadows must have worked for 2 hours 24 this Tuesday evening. He is now waiting to know the identity of his future opponent, Alcaraz Where Auger-Aliassime.

Carlos Alcaraz faces Félix Auger-Aliassime, who will reach the last four?

The crazy day of Friday at theUS Open had direct consequences. With Roberto Bautista Agut and Stefanos Tsitsipas Both ejected from the tournament, we were assured from the eighth that at least one player would become a new semi-finalist in the Grand Slam. Things became clearer on Sunday since Carlos Alcaraz placeholder image and Felix Auger-Aliassime respectively won their match against Peter Gojowczyk and Frances Tiafoe. The Spaniard and the Canadian will therefore face each other for the first time with a sacred stake in sight, the last four of theUS Open.

Tuesday’s schedule at the US Open

Arthur Ashe Stadium

From 18h

Botic Van De Zandschulp (HOL) – Daniil Medvedev (RUS) 3-6, 0-6, 6-4, 5-7

Around 2:30 a.m.

Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) – Carlos Alcaraz (ESP)

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Published on September 07, 2021 at 8:44 PM by Augustine PITRE

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US OPEN 2021 – Together, Félix Auger-Aliassime and Carlos Alcaraz are 39 years old. Less than Federer. To find traces of a duel involving two such young players in the Grand Slam quarter-finals, you have to go back 15 years. The Canadian and the Spaniard will perhaps write the first chapter of a long shared history. This is what we wish them, and what we wish each other.

This US Open will perhaps end like all Grand Slam tournaments this year, with yet another coronation for Novak Djokovic. This remains even the most probable hypothesis. But if nothing says that the New York fortnight will upset the order so firmly established, it still sketches what could look like tomorrow. Much has been said about the supposedly terrible void that awaits world tennis when the Djokovic – Nadal – Federer triumvirate will sink into a peaceful retirement. However, there is something to be peaceful about. Tennis will survive them, and if the sequel will be different, it will not necessarily be less exciting. We are not replacing the “Big 3”. Because what he created, this three-headed monster, who conquered (at least) 60 Grand Slam titles and left nothing but two-generation crumbs, never existed and probably won’t exist anymore. never. But there will always be great champions, exciting, charismatic players, more or less consensual, more or less spectacular, and more or less dominant. There will always be big matches, duels loaded with this emotional form that builds the legend of this sport. Between the NextGen, and perhaps even more the Next NextGen, the tennis fan can apprehend tomorrow with a certain peace of mind, even if he has the impression, or wants to give it to himself, that there will be nothing left. after “them”. Daniil Medvedev is 25 years old. Alexander Zverev 24. Stefanos Tsitsipas 23. This trio will probably never have the makings of the other, but it is still in the ascending phase. Better, what comes behind is at least as promising. Lorenzo Musetti. Jannik Sinner. Félix Auger-Aliassime. Carlos Alcaraz. And a few others.


After a rough start, Auger-Aliassime shut down Tiafoe and the audience


That’s good, two of them, the last two nominated, will face each other on Tuesday for a place in the semi-finals of the US Open. It will be, for the winner, a great first in Grand Slam. Certainly not the last. Auger-Aliassime is almost already an old man compared to Alcaraz. Yet he has only been 21 years old for barely a month. But its emergence at the top level is already three years old. At 18, he flirted with the Top 20. Since then, three steps forward, two back, he “stagnates” a little. At a high level, but it is stagnating. Classic growth crisis that does not change much in its future. There are too many qualities, physical and technical, and too much dedication to his profession for him not to go higher in the coming seasons. Alcaraz is Auger-Aliassime with a three-year lag. With perhaps, too, a kind of additional power of attraction, which cannot be worked on and cannot be bought more. It’s here. It is not what he offers, what he offers, but what he gives off. We call it charisma, charm, or personality, as desired. Alcaraz may win fifteen Grand Slams, or three or none, but he certainly has the potential to become one of the stars of the decade to come. If we are to believe the attitude of the public towards him in recent days, he may even be.

Alcaraz, triumphant youth: how the Spaniard leached Gojowczyk in 8th

For men’s tennis, it’s not bad that an Auger-Aliassime confirms to Flushing his recent progress with this second consecutive major quarter. It is just as good to see an Alcaraz assert itself. Seeing them both in the quarterfinals is a breath of fresh air. Knowing them in the same quarter-final is even better. Because, beyond the track record that the leaders of the next generation will carve out for themselves, which will be located on heights undoubtedly much more reasonable than those of the current tenors, what we ask of them is to offer unforgettable duels. . What will remain of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic? Unequaled and unmatched achievements, of course. Records galore. Staggering statistics. But when they recall their common history, in a few years, it is first and foremost a succession of duels that will resurface in memory. “Fedals”. “Rafole”. “Fedovic”. They built their legend through their respective conquests, but also through their common confrontations.

Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal

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What the next generation is still lacking today, and the one still ahead, are battles of this magnitude, which stick to your seat. It has a name. It’s called rivalries. They are essential, because they crystallize the wait until the next reunion. So far, the matches which, in the Grand Slam, have associated the rising stars have lacked in scope. The Thiem – Zverev final of the US Open 2020 almost serves as a cartoonish example. Sorry for the expression, it was who would get the least of it. It had given a certain charm to this match, but we do not build legend on a house of cards. Even closer to us, the half Tsitsipas-Zverev of the last Roland-Garros had also, despite his five sets, lacked scope. So here we are still waiting for an epic duel between young people.

Return from hell, 7-6 in 5th, twists galore and coronation of Thiem: The summary of an epic finale

Nothing says that Tuesday night’s quarter-final between Félix Auger-Aliassime and Carlos Alcaraz will be. The Canadian will have to manage the weight of a favorite status, unprecedented for him at this stage of the competition, and the young Spaniard grasp that of the novelty while keeping the road physically after two grueling meetings. Despite everything, he is envious of this match, as much for what he can offer today as for the promises he carries with him for tomorrow. It will be the “youngest” quarter-final since that between Nadal and Djokovic at Roland Garros in 2006. It was then the first of 58 confrontations between the Spaniard and the Serbian. The start of a legendary rivalry, the most prolific in the history of men’s tennis. Without going so far as to ask Auger-Aliassime and Alcaraz and do as much and as well, they have everything to create, together, something special. And it starts today.