Alcaraz wins his first Grand Slam match since the 2018 Australian Open

Carlos Alcaraz reaches US Open quarterfinal with late-night win against Marin Cilic

The 18-year-old reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal in only his second appearance at the U.S. Open, and on Wednesday he won his first Grand Slam match since the 2018 Australian Open. Carlos Alcaraz, who had announced that he was going to quit tennis after the 2018 season, ended up saving his career to reach his first Grand Slam quarterfinal.

Alcaraz, who would be the first American to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal since John McEnroe in the 1983 French Open, took down second-seeded Marin Cilic in a 6–3, 7–5, 6–2 final. Cilic, who lost to top-seed Novak Djokovic twice this season, rallied from two sets down to force a third set as the third-seeded Dane led 4–3 with just under 15 minutes remaining. Cilic’s fifth-set lead gave him a chance to wrap up the match and avoid the French Open, but Alcaraz responded with a third-set backhand winner to take the match.

Cilic and Djokovic had fought back from a set down, while the other six match points came in the second set.

Alcaraz said after his victory, “I’m very happy. I want to thank everybody. It wasn’t easy. I love to win. I play hard. I think the most important thing is to get to the semifinals at least.”

Earlier, the No. 1-seeded Cilic also won his second straight match on the red clay of the U.S. Open, downing No. 12-seed David Goffin in three sets.

Cilic, who had upset second seed Dominic Thiem in the first round of the U.S. Open, broke Goffin in the second game of the match, before serving out a second set to take the 3-1

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