An undecided game until the end. A meeting with twists. Finally, on the night from Monday to Tuesday, it was the Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, 4th player in the world and seeded No. 3, who validated his ticket for the quarter-finals of the US Open, after his victory, on the Arthur- Ashe court, against Marin Cilic, 17th player in the world and seeded No. 15, in five sets (6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3) and 3h56 of play . 2014 Flushing Winner – released hours after Rafael Nadal, there are no more former winners in the standings. New York therefore awaits its new king. And it could be Alcaraz who faces Italian Jannik Sinner for his second consecutive quarter-final in Flushing Meadows.
Carlos Alcaraz has always had resources. Like at the beginning of the fifth and final set when he broke down at the entrance. Far from abdicating, the Spaniard rather took advantage of it, in the process, to break through, and then continue with a new break, this time white. The 4th player in the world, who never really faltered physically in this match, held the lead until the end (6-3).
After an ideal first week, is Alcaraz (this time) ready to go all the way?
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66 unforced errors for Cilic
Opposite, Marin Cilic gave him many gifts, especially on the forehand, which often failed. Overall, waste was more present on the Croatian side (66 unforced errors against 41). The winner of the 2014 edition, friable in service (13 double faults, 51% of first serve), therefore, despite everything, managed to delay the deadline, saving 67% of the break point (12/18).
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His start to the game was perfect, the moment of an entrance break, before losing his next two faceoffs. It was enough for Alcaraz, who won this first round (6-4). A scenario that was repeated in the second set, but in the opposite direction: break in entry for Alcaraz then momentum and then a new break for Cilic, who equalized everywhere in one set (6-3).
The US Open will have an unprecedented winner
The debates then became more balanced in a third round, during which Marin Cilic, author of 45 winning points against 28, ended up cracking in the worst moments, allowing the opponent to finish (6-4). Rebelote in the fourth round, always at the scenario level, but this time it is Alcaraz who is surprised, although he cannot avoid being carried away in the fifth set (6-4). For the rest we know.
Spoon service and wrong overtaking: Cilic in the hard against Alcaraz at the end of the 3rd set
Marin Cilic, for this fourth match against the same opponent, therefore does not equalize on 2-2 on the balance of his own comparisons. To see him win his 35th game in five sets (versus 20 lost now), we’ll also have to wait. Carlos Alcaraz, for his part, can still dream of being world number one at the end of this fourth and final Grand Slam of the year. For this, he will have to at least reach the final. The final of a prestigious tournament that will have an unprecedented winner.
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