In the end it just hurt!
Bitter farewell to Peter Gojowczyk (32) from the US Open. The qualifier, who advanced sensationally into the round of 16, lost to mega talent Carlos Alcaraz (18 / Spain) 7: 5, 1: 6, 7: 5, 2: 6, 0: 6. Bitter: An injury to the thigh levered the Munich out. In the fifth sentence he could barely move. One literally suffered with him.
But what both of them offered for hours on the Grandstand, the third largest square in the facility, was breathtaking. Thrilling tennis from two shooting stars, only that one is already 32, the other just 18.
Anyone who had bet on this duel in the round of the last 16 before the tournament would now be extremely rich. Alcaraz came with the recommendation to have eliminated the world number 3, Stefanos Tsitsipas (23 / Greece).
However, Gojowczyk was quickly behind, then turned the first set and got it 7: 5. Tennis was already great at this point. Best evening entertainment in New York.
Right in the middle instead of just being there: the little fan Veseli from Hamburg, who loudly cheers on Gojowczyk and Oscar Otte from the first match, mostly sitting behind the bench. He even got a photo with Otte after his third-round victory.
But Alcaraz hit back ice cold in the second round. He carried away the audience and gave the Munich no chance. 6: 1, it seemed to be going in the wrong direction for Gojowczyk. But he proved himself to be a fighter in the first three rounds and this time too he showed off this virtue.
A set that was balanced again, which he got 7: 5, was followed by an equally clear set loss: 2: 6. Both players could hardly stand there at times. The Spaniard was the first to be treated, followed by Gojowczyk’s thigh.
It seemed to have hit him harder. He could move worse and worse, and hobbled between rallies. With Alcaraz, however, there was no longer any trace of an injury.
Gojowczyk now had nothing more to oppose and went down 6-0. You could literally feel his pain with every step. After 3:31 hours, the redemption: Alcaraz used his second match point.
Shouldn’t annoy the Bavarian. He can go home infinitely proud. Rocking the US Open as a one-man team demands respect.