Alcaraz disposes of Cilic to reach quarterfinals at Western & Southern Open
Rising tennis sensation Carlos Alcaraz looked superb in his victory over Marin Cilic at the Western & Southern Open on Thursday night, as the Spaniard eased through to yet another ATP Masters 1000 quarterfinal.
Alcaraz demonstrated poise and confidence in his 7-6(4) 6-1 win, improving to 2-1 in career meetings against the 2014 US Open champion. The third seed obtained an early break in the opening set, but Cilic was able to break back and level the score. A tiebreak ensued, with Alcaraz racing to a 4-0 lead before closing out the set.
The second set saw the 19-year old grasp another early break, this time holding on as he raced to a 3-0 lead. Although Cilic was able to salvage a game, the Croat could not keep up with his opponent's speed and power from the baseline. Alcaraz would go on to win another three consecutive games, ending proceedings after an hour and 39 minutes.
As the Miami Masters champions moves to another quarterfinal this season, he will face ninth seed Cameron Norrie, who ended American Ben Shelton's dream run earlier in the night.