Carlos Alcaraz reaches US Open quarterfinal with late-night win against Marin Cilic, 6-2, 7-6(4)
CARACAS, Venezuela – Carlos Alcaraz played a solid match at the US Open, beating Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals of a major for the third time in a row to reach his second consecutive Grand Slam semifinal with a 6-2, 7-6(4) victory Friday on the final night of the Grand Slam tournament to set up another final for his semifinal match against Andy Murray.
Alcaraz was the first player to reach the semifinals since Robin Soderling in 2004.
“I have never played with Soderling before,” Alcaraz said. “That’s probably the best match of my career.”
Soderling won the match against Robin Soderling, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3, 6-0, in the 2004 US Open final.
Alcaraz, the 2014 US Open champion, broke serve in the ninth game for a match-high 12 first serves, the longest service game in the tournament, and then got off to a fast start with a double break in the opening game, which is usually called a backhand side out before a serve.
Cilic broke Alcaraz’s serve in the second game on court four in just the second match-point chance of the match, and then broke Alcaraz’s serve in the fourth game to get to within a point of the match. With four matches to go, Alcaraz got things going with a third set win.
“You get a serve for the match like that and obviously I’m happy with how things went,” Alcaraz said.
Cilic, the only man to beat Alcaraz on clay in 2013 and ’14, got a little closer to the match with a sixth game win. Alcaraz won that game and then won the game that resulted in the tiebreaker because of Alcaraz’s errors that he said are just part of the sport.
“The key was (Alcaraz’) errors were big,” Cilic said. “It’s what he does against the top players. He can win points against the top players, but he also gets injured and he’s not feeling