Defending champion Carlos Alcaraz continues to show little weakness at the US Open and has reached the quarterfinals for the third time in a row.

The 20-year-old Spaniard beat the Italian surprise Matteo Arnaldi 6: 3, 6: 3, 6: 4 in 1:57 hours without much effort. The 22-year-old was in New York in his third Grand Slam participation for the first time in the round of 16.

Alcaraz could meet Alexander Zverev in the top eight. The tennis Olympic champion plays in the evening (local time) in the round of 16 against the Italian Jannik Sinner. Russia’s Andrei Rublev reached the quarterfinals at the US Open for the fourth time in his career. The 25-year-old defeated the British Jack Draper 6: 3, 3: 6, 6: 3, 6: 4 and wants to reach the semi-finals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time.

Alcaraz sovereign from the start

Alcaraz was satisfied with his performance. “The intensity was high from the first point to the last. I played a very solid match,” he said. The top seeded Spaniard competed against the world number 61. from the start and only conceded a break in the early stages of the third set with the roof closed at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The two-time Grand Slam title winner wore a tape bandage on his left thigh, but moved without any visible problems. He has had several injury problems this year. Alcaraz was eliminated in the quarterfinals on his debut at the Grand Slam tournament in New York in 2021 and triumphed last year.