Spain’s new tennis star Carlos Alcaraz showed match after match and tournament after tournament his relentless spirit to reach the quarterfinals of the US Open for the second consecutive year.
The world No. 4 won the battle of the generations against 2014 champion Marin Cilic in a match that lasted until 2:30 a.m. in New York – 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in a four-hour battle.
His win means the Grand Slam will have a brand new champion as all the quarter-finalists are untitled. If Alcaraz reaches the final, he will climb to first place in the world rankings.
Like the match between Tiafoe and Nadal, it was a clash of two different generations – one eager to prove himself, the other to confirm that he still can.
The 33-year-old Cilic played superbly in the first four sets but, like Matadora, lacked energy in the closing moments and conceded to the younger Alcaraz. The Spaniard had serious support from the stands, which did not stop shouting for him even at this late hour.
For Carlitos, a different match is ahead in the quarterfinals against a player from the new generation – Yannick Siner. The two have played three matches against each other, and in the last two victories went to the Italian – at “Wimbledon” and at the tournament in Umag.
It is very difficult to predict who will emerge victorious now as both show fluctuations and bad periods with which they lift their opponents.
All quarterfinals in New York are now set:
Nick Kyrgios (Australia) – Karen Khachanov (Russia)
Matteo Berretini (Italy) – Kasper Ruud (Norway)
Yannick Siner (Italy) – Carlos Alcaraz (Spain)
Andrei Rublev (Russia) – (Frances Tiafoe)