Marin Cilic and Carlos Alcaraz will play in the US Open quarterfinals on Wednesday

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

By Dan King

Marin Cilic and San Jose’s Carlos Alcaraz will play the second round-robin match at the US Open at Flushing Meadows on Wednesday night.

Cilic is the first to be drawn into action, the first to play a match – and the first to reach the US Open quarterfinals in his first appearance at the tournament since 2008.

Cilic, the 2011 US Open champion, will play the first-leg matches against Robert Rockford, the third-seed from Northern California, and Tommy Robredo, a semifinalist last year and the 20th-seed, who defeated Roger Federer (6-4, 7-5, 6-2) last week.

It is considered highly unlikely Alcaraz will be playing against the Spaniard, but for now Cilic will be the only player in the quarterfinals.

Alcaraz began his US Open run with a quarterfinal win over Julien Benneteau, but has struggled at the tournament in recent tournaments, going through the first four rounds without a victory.

On March 2, he reached the quarterfinals for the first time in his career at the US Open. He lost to eventual champion Juan Martin del Potro in a third-set tiebreaker.

Alcaraz, a former junior champion at Mexico’s Estudiantes de Medellin, was the runner-up in the 2009 US Open, losing in a three-set match to Joao Monteiro. He has played twice previously at the US Open, in 2009 and 2011. He came away with a runner-up finish in his last appearance at the tournament in 2008, losing to fellow countryman Feliciano Lopez in a five-set third-set tiebreaker.

In the four matches of the day beginning at 7PM PDT and going until 2AM PDT, the match with Cilic will be played on Wednesday night at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, the venue where Federer and Andy Murray played their respective first-round matches on Wednesday. Alcaraz’s match with Robredo will be played Thursday in the evening at the same venue.

Friday’s draw will be completed on Monday by the USTA. Those matches will be on Monday and Tuesday.

The schedule for the day – as with most US

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