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Carlos Alcaraz, pictured here at the CBS Grand Slam soiree last year
Even by the modest standards of U.S. Open tennis, teenager Carlos Alcaraz deserves a round of applause.
With the Long Island teenager finally victorious in his opening match at the U.S. Open, 18 years after he first graced Arthur Ashe Stadium, it’s difficult to imagine a more dramatic launch pad to a week’s U.S. Open proceedings.
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Known by his nickname “Justino,” Alcaraz became the youngest player in the Open era to reach the men’s quarterfinals at the tournament by beating Belgium’s David Goffin on the Arthur Ashe Stadium stage.
Earlier on Tuesday, Alcaraz had looked simply sensational as he thrashed Russian and 2016 U.S. Open finalist Dmitry Tursunov to reach the fourth round.
The 16-year-old demonstrated his fire and tenacity to master Tursunov, winning 6-2, 6-2, 6-1.
“It felt very special,” he said. “So many things in my head … dream come true.”
After bagging the first set in just 27 minutes, Alcaraz blew away the Russia-born 33-year-old to complete a spot in the last 16 for the first time at a major.
Those who knew him at that stage of his young career in 2003 would not have been stunned at his silky prowess.
Alcaraz, the younger brother of Argentine ace Guillermo, was a teenage star in Argentina at a time when he was one of the rising young stars of the country’s future.