It is a small miracle that the match between Alcaraz and Cilic lasted ‘only’ four hours, because of the five sets not one ended in a tiebreak. So it could have been much later. The nineteen-year-old heir to the Spanish throne is probably not worried, because he is again among the last eight.
There was a sensation earlier in the day with the elimination of Rafael Nadal, who was unable to cope with Frances Tiafoe, but with Alcaraz Spain still has a big trump card. Just like Casper Ruud, Alcaraz is still in the running to become the new number one in the world after this tournament.
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To achieve that status, Alcaraz may need to play a little better than he did in his fourth round match. Alcaraz and Cilic (33) – the last remaining player with a Grand Slam to his name – sometimes brought out the best in each other, but constantly showing a high level proved to be a tough challenge.
The Croat managed to pull out a fifth set in the Arthur Ashe Stadium, but could not prevent his opponent from taking the lead early. That margin proved decisive. After 6-4 3-6 6-4 4-6 6-3 Alcaraz was again allowed to call himself quarterfinalist.
Alcaraz now faces Jannik Sinner, who in turn defeated Ilya Ivashka in five sets. Sinner recently managed to thwart Alcaraz at Wimbledon and also won at the Croatia Open, which underlines that a beautiful poster is coming up during the quarterfinals.
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