US Open: Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz stuns third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas

Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz claimed a fifth set tie-break to stun Greek third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in a thrilling third-round US Open match.

Alcaraz, 18, twice led Tsitsipas by a set before prevailing 6-3 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 0-6 7-6 (7-5) to set up his first Grand Slam fourth-round appearance.

Earlier, second seed Daniil Medvedev eased into round four with a straight-set win over Pablo Andujar.

Medvedev plays Dan Evans next after the British number one beat Alexei Popyrin.

Dan Evans produces stunning comeback to reach fourth round for first time
Garbine Muguruza and Simona Halep progress

Alcaraz became the youngest man to reach the French Open third round since 1992 in June – and the 18-year-old once again demonstrated why he is being tipped for future glory as he shocked the world number three at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Alcaraz twice led Tsitsipas, who reached his first Grand Slam final at Roland Garros earlier this year, by a set and showed maturity well beyond his years as he also recovered from failing to take a game in the fourth.

Roared on by a partisan crowd, the talented Spaniard survived a break point at 3-2 down in the deciding set and showed no sign of tension as he held serve to force the final tie-break.

In a dazzling display Alcaraz landed 61 winners and, after more than four hours of play, clinched his third match point with an assured forehand winner to set up a fourth-round meeting with German Peter Gojowczyk.

“I think without this crowd I haven’t the possibility to win the match,” said Alcaraz. “I was down at the beginning of the fourth set so thank you to the crowd for pushing me up in the fifth.

“It’s an incredible feeling for me. This victory means a lot to me. It’s the best match of my career, the best win, to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas is a dream come true for me.”
Stefanos Tsitsipas takes a bathroom break
Stefanos Tsitsipas has been criticised for his lengthy bathroom breaks

For 23-year-old Tsitsipas, defeat ends a week during which he faced audible jeers from the crowds during his second-round win against Adrian Mannarino on Wednesday for taking a lengthy mid-match toilet break.

Former champion Andy Murray initially raised the issue during their opening match on Monday – the Briton saying he had “lost respect” for Tsitsipas and accused him of “cheating” by going off court for eight minutes.

Once again on Friday, Tsitsipas received jeers as he headed off court for a bathroom break, though he was gone for less than four minutes. Yet, despite sweeping up the fourth set, he was unable to find a way past Alcaraz.