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Carlos Alcaraz annuls Cilic and is already in the Cincinnati quarterfinals


The Spaniard shoots ex officio and passes over the Croatian giant on his home turf, the hard court (7-6(4), 6-1). In the quarterfinals, the British Cameron Norrie is waiting for him

With more skill than brilliance, Carlos Alcaraz sealed his ticket to the Cincinnati Masters 1000 quarterfinals this morning.

The Murcian tennis player, concentrated, fast and agile as usual, raising the public of the Lindner Family Tennis Center with gentle caresses of the ball in the net, where he is the king, has defeated the Croatian Marin Cilic with authority (7-6 (4 ), 6-1), 33, number 17 in the world and semifinalist this season at Roland Garros and Queen's.

The young tennis player from El Palmar did not feel the pressure, his great debt in recent games, as he himself has recognized.

“One of the goals in this tournament is to grow under pressure, to enjoy again like I did at the beginning of this year and at the end of last year,” he said after the comfortable debut against Mackenzie McDonald in Ohio.

Youngest quarter-finalist in Cincinnati since 2006 🔥@carlosalcaraz defeats Marin Cilic 7-6, 6-1 for a spot in the quarter-finals 🙌@CincyTennis |


– ATP Tour (@atptour) August 19, 2022

Against Cilic, an impenetrable wall of almost two meters who already won the US Open in 2014, Alcaraz, number four on the ATP circuit, managed to feel comfortable and, not without complications in the first set, which was decided in the tiebreaker, he was able to take the better decisions on most trades.

At the start of the second set, Alcaraz kept up the momentum and, determined to close the match on the fast track, managed to break the Croatian's serve at the first opportunity.

Cilic, already nullified by the inexhaustible omnipresence of the Spanish, constant like few others, lowered his arms and, with it, his tennis collapsed.

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A comfortable victory for an Alcaraz who, fist clenched, screaming with rage more contained than in the premiere, when he craved victory like food, becomes the youngest tennis player to reach the quarterfinals in Cincinnati since 2006, when Andy Murray, 19 years and three months at the time, he shook a Swiss in the round of 16 who came to the Ohio tournament as the top seed: Roger Federer.

With the victory against Cilic, in addition, Alcaraz takes advantage of the Croatian in the direct duel, whom he already knocked down in Miami, where the Murcian premiered his record this season in the Masters 1000. Now, with two to his credit —Miami and Madrid —, pursues the third, the one that would place him, at 19 years old, at the top of the national tennis, since he would equal Carlos Moyá (three Masters 1000), and would only be behind his coach, Juan Carlos Ferrero (four), and Rafa Nadal (36).

To run that fate, Alcaraz, the only Spaniard in Cincinnati after Bautista's defeat against Coric, will face the British Cameron Norrie, number 11, in the quarterfinals

of the world, semifinalist in the last edition of Wimbledon and winner of Indian Wells in 2021. Hours before the victory of the Murcian, Norrie, born in South Africa, although raised in New Zealand and later emancipated in the United Kingdom, crushed in the round of 16 the American Ben Shelton (6-0, 6-2), same age as Alcaraz, although different stripes: number 229 in the ranking.

After Thursday's intense day, the Ohio quarterfinals are made up as follows: Daniil Medvedev - Taylor Fritz, Stefanos Tsitsipas - John Isner, Cameron Norrie - Carlos Alcaraz and Felix Auger-Aliassime - Borna Coric.

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