Defending champion Naomi Osaka of Japan and Greek third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas were both ousted from the US Open by 18-year-olds in epic matches today (Friday) at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York. Four-time Grand Slam champion, two of which were in New York, Naomi Osaka, ended her journey to defend her title in the third round after she was shocked by Canadian player Leylah Fernandez 5-7, 7-6 (7/2), 6-4. In his own turn, the third seed and this year’s French Open runner up, Stefanos Tsitsipas, was upset by Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 0-6, 7-6 (7-5).
Alcaraz twice led Tsitsipas by a set and showed maturity well beyond his years, as he also recovered from failing to take a game in the fourth. Encouraged by the roaring crowd, the talented Spaniard survived a breakpoint at 3-2 down in the deciding set and showed no sign of tension as he held serve to force the final tie-break. In a dazzling display, Alcaraz landed 61 winners and, after more than four hours of play, clinched his third match point with an assured forehand winner. Alcaraz will face German player Peter Gojowczyk in the fourth round.