Felix Auger-Aliassime (15th), 21, became the youngest player to reach the semifinals of the US Open since Juan Martín Del Potro did it in 2009. Meanwhile, his qualification in that instance is the first of a tennis player born in the 2000s taking into account the four Grand Slams of the season.
Silently, whistling softly, the Canadian is one step away from the final. This Thursday his quarterfinal rival, Carlos Alcaraz, left the court due to an annoyance when he lost 6-3, 3-1. The next challenge for the 21-year-old and 28-day-old will be none other than Daniil Medvedev (2nd), in what will be the youngest presence of a tennis player in the US Open semifinals since Del Potro, aged 20, in 2009 and 11 months, he beat Rafael Nadal by triple 6-2. Ultimately, La Torre de Tandil would lift the title.
Neither the Australian Open, nor Roland Garros, nor Wimbledon have a semifinalist born in the 21st century: Tony Nadal’s ward is first and at Flushing Meadows. Auger-Aliassime will be looking for two more wins to achieve glory in the Big Apple.