(New York) Carlos Alcaraz, 19 and 4e Worldwide, Janek Sener, 21 and 13e In the ATP rankings, who embody the new wave of world tennis, they will face each other in the quarter-finals of the US Open on Wednesday.
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The Spaniard qualified by winning 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 Marin Cilic (17).e), the 2014 event winner, at midnight Monday through Tuesday in New York, clocked 2:23 a.m. local time when he was able to finish after about 3:54 a.m. in a very intense fight.
Fast on his first three laps, Alcaraz was more closely tied this time against the veteran Croatian, who was trying to get to this stage for a fifth time at Flushing Meadows.
More aggressive (45 winning shots vs. 28), but also very clumsy (66 non-compelling faults vs. 41, including 13 double faults), Cilic ended up facing the resistance of his young opponent, with his supersonic legs, who was used to throwing almost everything He came back on the field when he didn’t save more beautifully with his reinforced concrete right arm.
Alcaraz was not satisfied with being a rock on Arthur Ashe, partly filled with yellow ball fans who packed up to the end of the presented scene. He also took chances when they arose, such as winning the third set, crushing Cilic in the best time with a 5-4 score.
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The realism he nevertheless failed to show in the next round, missing seven break points, unlike Cilic who needed only one to clear the way for the equalizer all around.
In the same spirit, the Croatian, who reached the semi-finals at last Roland Garros, used his best result in Major for four years, once again to serve his opponent at the start of the fifth round.
But the karaz is on the voices.” Let’s go ! Remembering those of his glorious age Rafael Nadal, who was earlier eliminated by American Frances Tiafoe is a surprise to all, and was able to make a comeback by taking the next showdown from the Croatian.
Last year, in his debut, Carlos Alcaraz revealed himself in New York, where he had already reached the quarter-finals after sending off Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in an unforgettable match. This year, he confirmed his debut, winning four tournaments, including the Masters 1000 in Miami and Madrid.
Which makes him one of the contenders for the title. A fortiori now that Nadal, but also Daniel Medvedev, who was defeated by Australian Nick Kyrgios on Sunday, is out of the race. Alcaraz could go down in history if he reached the final, as that would guarantee him to become the youngest N.1 player in history, and the Russian would almost certainly be ousted.
But first the Spaniard will have to quickly recover from his efforts and overcome Sinner’s hurdle. The 21-year-old Italian, who has already reached the quarter-finals at the Australian Open and Wimbledon this year, also fought for a long, 3:48, to beat 6-1, 5-7, 6-2, 4-6. , 6-3 from Belarus Ilya Ivashka (73 .).e).
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