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Alcaraz retires, Auger-Aliassime into US Open semifinals

/ 04:32 PM September 08, 2021
Carlos Alcaraz US Open

FILE – Sep 3, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Carlos Alcaraz of Spain after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece on day five of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

NEW YORK – Felix Auger-Aliassime moved into the US Open semifinals on Tuesday when Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz retired due to an abductor injury while trailing 6-3 3-1.

The 18-year-old Spaniard showed no signs of distress as Auger-Aliassime took the opening set but after the Canadian broke to open the second Alcaraz slumped.

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During the first changeover of the second set, Alcaraz called for the physiotherapist but did not receive any treatment. A game later, however, the Spaniard turned and indicated he could not go on.

“It’s really tough to end a great tournament like this,” said Alcaraz. “I had no choice to still playing.

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“First of all, I have to take care of my body.

“I didn’t feel good to still playing, so I had to retire.”

Coming off grueling back-to-back five-set matches, including a third-round win over Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alcaraz stepped onto the court with both legs heavily strapped and seemed to lack the power and energy that had carried him to the quarter-finals.

“I didn’t see it coming. It’s unfortunate to finish like this,” said Auger-Aliassime. “I didn’t really see anything.

“Either I was too focused on my game or I’m not seeing things.”

Auger-Aliassime becomes the first Canadian man to reach the U.S. Open semi-finals where he will take on second seeded Daniil Medvedev of Russia.

The 21-year-old joins compatriot Leylah Fernandez, who booked her spot in the women’s last four earlier in the day by beating Elina Svitolina.

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“It’s great for Canada. It’s great for Quebec,” said Auger-Aliassime. “I never thought a day like this would come.

“Both a little girl and a little boy from Montreal, both at the same time in the semi-finals of the US Open.

“It’s special.

“I hope the people back home appreciate the moment also.

“It’s great but it would be amazing if we were both in a final.”

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