Young sensation Carlos Alcaraz defeated Croatian veteran Marin Cilic 6:4, 3:6, 6:4, 4:6, 6:3 in a match that lasted 3:53 hours. The match ended at 2.25 minutes after midnight in New York, and the Spaniard was wildly supported by the audience. In the quarterfinals, Alcaraz will face another tennis player of the new generation – the Italian Yannick Siner, who prevailed over Ilya Ivashka from Belarus.
Alcaraz started the match better, although he was 0:2 down, and managed to make two breaks and win the first set 6:4.
In the second set, Cilic showed that he will not give up without a fight. He was down 0-1 after a break, but then won four straight games for 4-1, closing out the set at 6-3.
In the third set, everyone was serving at 5-4 for the Spaniard, when he broke at the right moment to lead 2-1.
The fourth was a testing one for the young Alcaraz, who missed five break points on the Croatian’s serve and then collapsed, conceding a break in turn to level the sets.
In the fifth set, Alcaraz lost his serve, which foreshadowed serious trouble for him, but he rallied to take a 4-1 lead before winning the final 6-3.
“He made some amazing performances, but I continued to play my tennis and believe that I can turn it around. It was mostly because of the crowd, without them I wouldn’t have been able to do it. Thank you very much, they give me 100 percent energy. In the fourth set, I had a lot of opportunities, but I missed them, I was in a hole. Thanks to the energy of the crowd, I was able to come back,” Alcaraz, quoted by BTA, said after the success.
“In the last two months I lost twice to Siner, he is very classy, I have to prepare for this fight,” added the 18-year-old Spaniard.