Watch Carlos Alcaraz make phenomenal, jaw-dropping shot in epic match against Jannik Sinner

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Carlos Alcaraz is a walking highlight reel. Anytime you watch him play, there’s a chance of seeing him do something incredible. But during Wednesday night’s epic five-and-a-half hour US Open quarterfinal match against Jannik Sinner, Alcaraz made the kind of shot you can’t even do in a video game.

The match, which finished later than any in US Open history, was crammed with phenomenal tennis from both players, but this Alcaraz return is in a class by itself. Sinner had unleashed a great serve that sent Alcaraz racing far to the left, and then challenged him with a slower shot barely going the other way. Alcaraz was past the ball when it reached him, but then he pulled out an unexpected behind-the-back return that you won’t believe until you see it.

Not only did Alcaraz return the ball from behind his back and on the run, he was able to then to run in and return Sinner’s drop shot to win the point. And he did it all while looking completely calm, like it’s something he does every day — because it is.

When Alcaraz watched that volley after the match, not even he could believe it.

That point in the second set was just a small part of the match, but it kept Alcaraz in the game and eventually helped him beat Sinner to advance to his very first Grand Slam semifinal at age 19. Yes, that’s right. He’s only 19 years old. He’s that young and already has that kind of ability on the court. And he’s still growing as a tennis player! There’s still more for him to learn and more ways he can hone his game.

If this is what we’re seeing from Alcaraz at just 19, no one can imagine the kind of tennis he’ll play when he’s 21 or 22. Is there something more incredible than a behind-the-back shot? With Alcaraz, we’ll definitely find out.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Carlos Alcaraz of Spain celebrates match point against Jannik Sinner of Italy during their Men’s Singles Quarterfinal match on Day Ten of the 2022 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 07, 2022 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Carlos Alcaraz beat Jannik Sinner in a US Open quarterfinal match that included an unreal behind-the-back return. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)