Alcaraz re-writing history again
In the early hours in New York, Carlos Alcaraz was cheering with his jubilant fans, taking a selfie video courtside.
Why? The Spanish teenage sensation had just escaped 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in a blockbuster against 2014 titlist Marin Cilic at 2:23am, just three-minutes shy of the latest ever finish in US Open records.
“Honestly, I don’t know how,” admitted the 19-year-old, the youngest man to reach back-to-back US Open quarter-finals since Lew Hoad and Ken Rosewall in 1952/53.
“I believe in myself all the time. It was pretty tough at the beginning of the fifth set, a break down. Marin was playing unbelievable. But the support today in Arthur Ashe was crazy. It was tough for me to come back, to stay strong mentally.”
Alcaraz remains in the hunt to be crowned world No.1. On Sunday he could lift a maiden major and take the top spot, but first he must take out Jannik Sinner.
The Italian played some exquisite shots to inch past world No.73 Ilya Ivashka in five sets. The No.11 seed will be a serious threat, defeating Alcaraz in four sets at Wimbledon and in the Umag final, both in July.