Carlos Alcaraz discusses his matchup with Jannik Sinner in the US Open.

Jannik Sinner is a “fantastic player,” according to No. 3 seed Carlos Alcaraz, and he anticipates a difficult contest when they face off at the US Open. Alcaraz will compete against Sinner, the 11th seed, in the US Open quarterfinal. When Alcaraz and Sinner square off at Flushing Meadows, it will be their fourth main level meeting.

Sinner leads Alcaraz 2-1 in their head-to-head meetings going into the game. Sinner defeated Alcaraz at Wimbledon and Washington this summer. I’ve played against him a few times. According to the ATP website, Alcaraz remarked of playing Sinner, “He’s a tremendous player and a really, really tough one.

I must be prepared for this fight with Jannik because I have lost twice in the last two months.

Alcaraz‘s victory vs Marin Cilic

Alcaraz overcame Cilic on Monday with a score of 6-4 3-6 6-4 4-6 6-3 to go to his second US Open quarterfinal.

Alcaraz had break points in three games in the fourth set, which he was leading two sets to one, but he was unable to convert any of his seven break points. Alcaraz paid the price by dropping the fourth set, and Cilic broke to begin the fifth set in the first game.

Alcaraz reacted with back-to-back breaks, stopping Cilic just as it looked like he would mount a significant comeback, and went on to win in five sets. When asked how he managed to win the match, Alcaraz replied, “Honestly, I have no idea.

“Being down a break at the start of the fifth set was pretty, really tough. Marin, however, was playing beautifully. I consistently have faith in myself. Naturally, the Arthur Ashe [Stadium] crowd’s support today was absurd. Without you people, tonight’s game would not have been possible to win, so thank you very much for your support.

I’d argue that all of the effort I put on the fifth set was made possible by you. It was incredible. If Alcaraz can now defeat Sinner to advance to his first Grand Slam semifinal, that remains to be seen.