Carlos Alcaraz beats Marin Cilic at 2am to reach his second US Open quarterfinal


The 19-year-old Alcalaz won the match 6-4 3-6 6-4 4-6 6-3, which ended at 2:23 am local time. Just three minutes behind the tournament’s latest finish.

Alcalaz, the highest-ranked player left in the men’s draw, will be in his second U.S. Open quarterfinals when he faces Yannick Sinner on Wednesday.

“It was unbelievable,” Alcalaz said in an on-court interview.

“It was tough coming back in the fifth set and staying mentally strong, but the energy I received today (from the crowd) helped me win.”

The Spaniard is the youngest man to reach two consecutive U.S. Open quarterfinals since 1953 and is the frontrunner to lift this year’s title after the top seed. Daniil Medvedev When Rafael Nadal Lost this week.

In a nearly four-hour match against Cilic, Alcalaz led in the first and third sets but failed to pull away from their Croatian opponents until the fifth set.

He suffered a service breakdown at the start of the match, but fought back to win the next four games and take the first set.

The second set had a similar story. After an early break from Alcaraz, Cilic came back four games in a row and held serve to level the match.

Alcaraz served until he broke at 5-4 in the third set, but his 2-1 lead was cut when Cilic broke late in the fourth set.

The match continued well past midnight, when Alcaraz took advantage with a 2-1 love break before Cilic sealed the win with a forehand to the top of the net.

This was the toughest test of the tournament to date for Alcaraz, who had not dropped a set before facing Cilic.

He next faces another rising star, 21-year-old Sinner. The Italian, like Alcaraz, hopes to reach a Grand Slam semi-final for the first time.

Source: www.cnn.com

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