Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz will play Croatian Marin Cilic in the fourth round of the US Open. The match will take place on September 6 in New York, starting at 00:30 GMT.
US Open 2022
|Carlos Alcaraz|| |
Date: September 5, 2022.
Tournament: US Open 2022.
Round: Fourth round (Round of 16).
Venue: New York, United States.
Category: Grand Slam.
Prize money: $60,102,000.
Carlos Alcaraz quickly earns a spot in Round 4! pic.twitter.com/DuSpgUXMa2
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 3, 2022
Alcaraz edged out Sebastian Baez by two sets in the first round before being forced to retire. He faced another Argentine, Federico Coria, in the second round and won in straight sets. the tennis player met with home favorite Jenson Brooksby in the third round.
Alcaraz needed a single serve break in the opening set to win it. The Spaniard started the second set with an early break to take a 2-0 lead, but Brooksby soon managed to level the score. However, in the fifth game, he again broke the American’s serve and led 3-2. He broke his opponent’s serve in the last game of the set and won it.
Brooksby showed signs of struggle in the third set as he took a 3-0 lead. Alcaraz then played six games in a row to win the match 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 and advance to the fourth round for the second year in a row.
Marin Cilic began his journey to his second US Open title with solid wins over Maximilian Marterer and Albert Ramos-Vinalos. His opponent in the third round was Dan Evans.
Neither player managed to break the serve in the first set, although Cilic had several set points at 6-5 as Evans served to stay in the set. The duo scored several set points in the ensuing tiebreak, but it was the Croatian who finally scored the first goal when he had his seventh innings.
Evans and Cilic broke each other’s serves a couple of times in the second set, but neither managed to hold on to the lead they secured. It was time for another tie-break and the Briton stepped forward to take the second set.
Cilic raised his level in the third set, interrupting the opponent’s serve twice and completing it. Both players kept a good serve into the fourth set, but Cilic interrupted Evans’ serve in the last game of the match and won 7-6(11), 6-7(3), 6-2, 7-5.
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Head to Head
Carlos Alcaraz leads 2-1 (2-0 in 2022). Impressive performances throughout the season as well as in this matchup in Miami and Cincinnati make the Spaniard the firm favorite, but Marin Cilic’s (5-1 in R16 in the USO) experience in slams and big matches shouldn’t be taken for granted.
|Carlos Alcaraz win 1.22||Marin Cilic win 4.56|
The last meeting took place recently. After the first set, Alcaraz dominated Cilic in the second set and won the match.
Cilic won his third round match against Evans in straight sets, but a brief slump in form cost him the second set. Such an oversight can be costly.
Alcaraz showed his all-round skills against Brooksby in the third round. He was constantly hitting the right for the winners, mixing it with drop shots and frequent forays into the net.
Prediction for this meeting: Alcaraz win in three sets.