Roger Federer vs Carlos Alcaraz: “It’s a great honor to come in and beat him.”

Roger Federer vs Carlos Alcaraz: "It's a great honor to come in and beat him."

Carlos Alcaraz speaks with CNN after US Open win


| Updated Mar 5, 2011

Caught on Camera

Carlos Alcaraz and his wife, Elizabeth, take a picture with US Open runner-up, Frances Tiafoe (L) as they walk off the court after winning the US Open men’s tennis match, Thursday, Aug. 24, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Updated: 5-Mar-11

Carlos Alcaraz, the world No. 2 on the U.S. Davis Cup team, was talking to CNN after his match to discuss his US Open victory. He is now only 13 points behind Roger Federer in the World No. 1 ranking..

Q: Congratulations on your US Open win. What was going through your mind during the match?

A: I was thinking, “What the hell was going on”? I was watching out, I was watching and I was trying to figure out what they were doing. I finally saw the ball go into the net, and there was no way they were going to get it. I couldn’t figure out what they were doing, so I thought “Oh man, this is going to be the toughest match of my life. Let’s see what happens.” But then I saw the ball go into the net again, and it was good to win one of the most important matches of my career. Then I saw Federer with a great serve, a great forehand, a great backhand, and good things happened to him on every point. At the end of the match, when Federer was losing the points, I was thinking, “Oh my God, Federer is winning. He can’t play well here, but he can beat me.”

Q: What was it like to have Roger Federer in the final eight again?

A: Well, there’s no better player than Roger to come in and to play. He’s such a legend. He’s played in five Masters 1000 finals. So to come in and beat him, it’s a great honor for me. He’s the best that tennis has to offer.

Q: When you won this year’s US Open, you beat Federer at the All England Club in London. Before the match with Federer,

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