Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Cilic outlasts Fognini in thriller

Fognini held in the opening game of set five.  He took Cilic to deuce, but the Croatian held serve, highlighted by a brilliant Cilic winner finishing a showstopping rally. 1-1

At 3-3, Cilic made a critical move - Fognini had game point but double faulted and then delivered two errors to donate a service break to Marin who now took the lead 4-3.

In a game decided mostly by errors, Cilic clinched it with an ace to be a game away from victory once again.

An off forehand winner from Cilic slammed past the Fognini serve.  The Italian replied with a lovely drop shot for 30-30.

A wonderful return by Cilic brought up match point, and Fognini hit long on the next point for the match to end in the Croatian’s favour 6-4 6-1 3-6 6-7(4) 6-3.

A second consecutive Roland Garros quarter final for Cilic.

Quarter finals:

Rafa Nadal (1) v Diego Schwartzman (11)

Marin Cilic (3) v Juan Martin del Potro (5)

Marco Cecchinato v Novak Djokovic (20)

Dominic Thiem (7) v Sascha Zverev (2) 

Simona Halep (1) v Angie Kerber (12)

Garbiñe Muguruza (3) v Maria Sharapova (28)

Yulia Putintseva v Madison Keys (13)

Sloane Stephens (10) v Daria Kasatkina (14)

Representation in the eight quarter finals is from 11 different nations

Spain 2

Argentina 2





Germany 2


Russia 2



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