‘Are you kidding me?’ Teen explodes in service row amid wild Nadal feat: US Open Wrap

Carlos Alcaraz, widely regarded as Rafael Nadal’s Grand Slam heir apparent, scored a 47th victory of the year at the US Open despite one of his shoes breaking.

The 19-year-old third seed beat Jenson Brooksby of the United States 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 on the back of 46 winners.

Alcaraz, quarter-finalist in 2021, managed to break one of his tennis shoes while slipping to reach a ball in the middle of the match.

“This is the third time I’ve done this. As you can see, I do a lot of sliding,” he said.

Meanwhile, Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis won in straight sets (6-4, 7-6 [7-3]) over Andre Goransson and Yoshi Nishioka to reach the third round of the US Open doubles.

Speical K now faces Harri Heliovaara and Lloyd Glasspool in the next round.

Britain’s seventh seed Cameron Norrie made it through to the fourth round for the first time with a comfortable 7-5, 6-4, 6-1 win over Danish teenager Holger Rune.

The match saw Rune lose his temper, accusing Norrie of taking too long to serve on several occasions.

“Are you kidding me?” the 19-year-old shouted at the referee. “Just before time runs out, he serves, every time.”

Rune suggested that Norrie was intentionally slowing down the service clock by catching his ball toss.

“He does it every time and then I have to stop. Every time,” he said.

Norrie later said he wasn’t doing it on purpose, while Rune was less accusatory after the match.

“I’ve played against him before and he’s done the same thing every game. Maybe it’s a sign of a tight game and he’s nervous,” he said.

Later, Rafael Nadal demolished Richard Gasquet in ruthless fashion to enter the last 16 of the US Open with his 18th consecutive victory over the French veteran.

Second seed Nadal improved his record against Gasquet to a perfect 18-0 with a clinical beatdown from his close friend on the pitch at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Nadal’s 6-0, 6-1, 7-5 victory in 2:17 sees him through to a meeting with American 22nd seed Frances Tiafoe on Monday for a place in the quarter-finals.

“He’s a great player, he’s very charismatic, very quick,” Nadal said of Tiafoe. “He can play very aggressively, I have to keep improving to keep playing better and better to have chances of going through.”

Nadal suffered a bloody nose on Thursday when he accidentally hit himself in the face with his racquet, but reported no lingering effects on Saturday.

“It’s a bit bigger than usual but it’s okay,” Nadal said. “The nose is still there.”

Nadal and Gasquet, who rose through the ranks of junior tennis together, met for the first time as professionals on clay at Estoril 2004, Nadal winning in three sets.

Since that first encounter, the duo’s head-to-head record has been a story of relentless dominance by Nadal.

Gasquet took just four sets from the Spanish master, the last of which at the Canadian Masters in 2008.

Saturday’s encounter again followed the same script, with Nadal showing no mercy as he raced to a landslide victory.

Nadal used his searing groundstrokes to overpower Gasquet, deploying a streak of 35 one-time winners in the corners to torment his opponent.

Gasquet almost got a boost of confidence from the first set, when in the opener he grabbed three break points at 0-40.

But Nadal picked up five straight points to hold serve and it was about as good as the French world No.91, whose best performance in New York was a semi-final in 2013.

After winning the first set 6-0, Nadal threatened to repeat the gap in the second until Gasquet finally held serve for the first time in the game to make it 3-1.

It earned Gasquet one of the biggest cheers of the evening from the Arthur Ashe crowd, with the Frenchman raising an arm in the air to greet the applause.

Normal serve resumed quickly thereafter, however, with Gasquet broken again to trail 5-1 before Nadal retained the set.

Gasquet put up stronger resistance in the third, recovering to come back after losing serve to keep the game on serve at 5-5.

But Gasquet collapsed in the 11th game, with Nadal taking a 6-5 lead before closing out the victory

In the women’s draw, 21st seed Petra Kvitova beat ninth seed Garbine Muguruza after saving two match points.

Kvitova went 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (12/10) and will face Jessica Pegula of the United States for a spot in the quarterfinals.

Two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova said she was inspired by Serena Williams when the American legend saved five match points before she was finally knocked out in her third-round draw.

“I watched Serena and it was amazing how she was saving match points, so I tried to do the same today,” said Kvitova, a two-time US Open quarter-finalist.

Muguruza’s loss, her sixth in seven meetings against the Czech, left just four of the tournament’s top 10 female seeds.

One of them is eighth-seeded Pegula, who ended Chinese qualifier Yuan Yue’s run 6-2, 6-7 (6/8), 6-0.


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