US Open, Arnaldi flies to the round of 16 and challenges Alcaraz

The blue beats the British Norrie

Matteo Arnaldi in the round of 16 of the US Open 2023. The blue from Sanremo, 22 years old, in the third round of the men’s singles draw accomplishes the feat and beats the British Cameron Norrie, seeded number 16, imposing himself by 6- 3, 6-4, 6-3 in 1h57′. Now, for the Ligurian, the challenge with Carlos Alcaraz. The Spaniard, number 1 in the world, defeats the British Daniel Evans, number 28 in the ATP ranking and 26 in the seeding, with a score of 6-2, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 after 3h12′.

Arnaldi plays a simply perfect match (37 winning shots and 16 errors), getting every tactical choice right, without hitting the key moments. The Ligurian alternates descents to the net and precise passers-by when he has to defend himself. Norrie never finds the solution to the blue puzzle and Arnaldi clearly wins. After the match, he embraced her from his corner and said to SuperTennis: “I played very well, I prepared the match very well – he says -. I feel better on the court, it gave me confidence to beat Fils in the fifth set in the previous round “Everything I did today worked and helped me. I entered the pitch with the aim of being the one to play, also because I didn’t know how my body would react to the four hours of the game”.

The definitive turning point, at 3-1 in the third set: Norrie has 3 break points to get back into the game, Arnaldi cancels them. “I was a bit tense in my innings, I pulled back a bit. But I played break points very well, in the last few games I went to serve more relaxed and that made the difference”.

With this result, the Sanremo rider virtually enters the Top 50. Now Dan Evans or world number 1 Carlos Alcaraz are waiting for him. “When I saw the draw, the desire to get to that match was there” he concluded.