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French Open: Croatian Marin Cilic forces Rublev to his knees - Athletic Mix - Tennis

French Open: Croatian Marin Cilic forces Rublev to his knees – Athletic Mix – Tennis

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Paris – Wednesday 06/01/2022 at 8:55 pm

Marin Cilic is in Paris for the first time since the 2018 Australian Open in the semi-finals of a Grand Slam tournament!

On Wednesday evening at the French Open at Roland Garros, the 33-year-old Croatian forced seventh-seeded Russian Andrei Rublev to his knees with 5:7, 6:3, 6:4, 3:6, 7:6 (2). ) and thus allowed him to dream of the fourth final of his career.

In the fight for a place in the final, he now meets either the Norwegian Casper Ruud or the Danish Holger Ron (Currently In the live tape).

Alexander Zverev and Rafael Nadal compete in the second semi-final.

Cilic excels in the super tiebreak

Cilic, the 2014 US Open champion, showed an impressive performance, particularly in the crucial fifth-set super break. With several centimeter-point balls on the goal line, the number 20-ranked player Robleo got on his nerves and reached the Paris semi-finals for the first time. “The fifth set was an unbelievable fight,” said Cilic. “Andre played unbelievably. Someone had to be sent off and today was my day.”

The Croatian, who scored 33 aces but also committed 71 unforced errors, caused a stir in the last 16 with a smooth three-set victory over compatriot Daniil Medvedev. Cilic has now reached at least the semi-finals in all four Grand Slam events.

In the other semi-final match on Friday, he will meet Germany’s Alexander Zverev and Spain’s Rafael Nadal. The 13-time French Open champion beat defending champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia on Tuesday.

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