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Spanish Daniel Rincón is crowned junior champion of the US Open

The Spanish Daniel Rincón with his champion trophy.

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QUEENS, NY.- The Spanish Daniel Rincon 18-year-old won the US Open junior champion title by defeating the Chinese on Saturday Juncheng Shang 6-2,7-6, thus giving joy to Spanish tennis that was left without stellar representatives after the departure of Carlos Alcaraz in the quarterfinals.

“Rafael Nadal may not have been in New York, but a Spanish southpaw won at Flushing Meadows as No. 3 seed Daniel Rincón emerged victorious in the junior men’s singles final, defeating top seed Juncheng Shang.” highlighted the USTA on its page.

Daniel Rincón after winning the final.

“It feels great, I still don’t know what to say,” Rincon said after the game. “I still don’t believe what I did. I am very happy, I just want to continue playing these types of tournaments. There is a great atmosphere here, so I am very happy to win in New York ”, declared Rincón interviewed on court number 12, where the final was played.

The first set was the absolute domain of the Spanish adolescent born in Avila. Rincón posted exceptional stats with his serve by hitting five aces and hitting 75% of his first serves and winning a staggering 100% of his second serve points, which is no easy task when playing against an aggressive player like Shang.

For his part, Shang managed to score just four points in his opponent’s service games. Rincon won the first set in just 27 minutes.

Shang reacted in the second set. The two stayed even at 3-3, until Shang started with a series of strong returns to force errors from his opponent and break through.

Surprised by the Chinese onslaught, Rincon struggled to earn his points and had to fight a 0-30 deficit in his next service game. Shang then had four set points as he served at 5-4 but failed to convert. After six tie points, Shang committed an untimely double fault that caused Rincón to equalize by forcing the tie-break.

In the tiebreaker Shang held a 5-2 lead. It seemed the match was headed for a third set after all, but Rincón added the next four points, two of the serves the Chinese player couldn’t return. Shang saved a match point, but Rincón’s greatest presence would clinch the title on his second chance in dramatic fashion.

In July, Rincon made his way into the finalists in the junior men’s doubles tournament at Wimbledon by partnering with Abedallah Shelbayh. The Spaniard trains at Rafael Nadal’s academy and said that he has had the opportunity to train several times with the champion of 20 Grand Slams.

“When we practice, the main thing it tells us is that we have maximum intensity at all times. When he speaks to us, it is not so much about strategy, it is about effort, moving and giving everything, and I think that is the main thing in tennis, “said Rincón.

Rincón thus becomes the second Spanish tennis player to win the junior champion title at the US Open after Javier Sánchez won it in 1986 by beating the American Elly Hakami in the final.

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