The Spanish teen who is now favorite to win the men's US Open

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(CNN)The US Open men's gully is guaranteed to person a first-time expansive slam champion aft Marin Cilic, the 2014 champion successful New York, was beaten successful 5 sets by Carlos Alcaraz.

The 19-year-old Alcaraz triumphed 6-4 3-6 6-4 4-6 6-3 successful a lucifer that finished astatine 2:23 a.m. section clip -- conscionable 3 minutes shy of the tournament's latest finish.

Alcaraz, the highest-ranked subordinate near successful the men's draw, volition contention his 2nd US Open quarterfinal erstwhile helium takes connected Jannik Sinner connected Wednesday.

    "It was unbelievable," Alcaraz said successful his on-court interview. "After the 4th set, I had a batch of opportunities astatine the end, mislaid the 4th set.

      "It was pugnacious for maine to travel backmost successful the 5th set, to enactment beardown mentally, but ... the vigor that I received (from the crowd) contiguous made maine win."

      The Spaniard is the youngest antheral to contention back-to-back quarterfinals astatine the US Open since 1953 and is present arguably the favourite to assistance this year's rubric aft apical seeds Daniil Medvedev and Rafael Nadal suffered defeats this week.

      Alcaraz (left) and Cilic (right) shingle  hands aft  Tuesday's US Open match.

      Against Cilic, successful a lucifer that lasted adjacent to 4 hours, Alcaraz led aft the archetypal and 3rd sets but couldn't enactment his Croatian hostile distant until the fifth.

        He went a interruption of service down astatine the commencement of the lucifer but fought backmost to triumph the adjacent 4 games and instrumentality the archetypal set.

        There was a akin communicative successful the 2nd acceptable arsenic Alcaraz broke aboriginal earlier Cilic reeled disconnected 4 consecutive games and held service to level the match.

        The 3rd acceptable stayed connected service until Alcaraz broke astatine 5-4, but his 2-1 pb was chopped erstwhile Cilic broke precocious successful the 4th -- contempt the teen having interruption points of his ain passim the set.

        As the lucifer carried connected good past midnight, Alcaraz seized the vantage with a interruption to emotion astatine 2-1 and sealed the triumph erstwhile Cilic pummeled a forehand into the apical of the net.

          This was by acold the toughest trial of the tourney truthful acold for Alcaraz, who had not dropped a acceptable anterior to facing Cilic.

          He adjacent faces different rising prima successful 21-year-old Sinner -- the Italian, similar Alcaraz, hoping to scope a expansive slam semifinal for the archetypal time.

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