Marin Cilic faced a ranked Frenchman for the second straight match of his US Open title defense, and once again came out on top, dropping #19 Jo Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-7(3), 6-4 to advance to the semifinals. Cilic relied on his big serve throughout the match, and despite a somewhat worrisome final three sets, the Croat advances to the semifinals of a Grand Slam.
Things went according to plan in the first two sets, with Cilic serving well, and picking up one break in each set. Things were a bit dicey at times in the first set, where Cilic faced five break points, but he held firm, and was more convincing in the second set, where he lost just three points in his five service games.
In the third set it was Tsonga’s serve that was unplayable, as the Frenchman lost four service points and allowed no break points. Cilic held firm on his own serve, until Tsonga wore him down and took the break at 4-3. The fourth set brought more huge serves by the attacking players, and neither man had faced a break point at 4-4. On Tsonga’s final two service games, he looked vulnerable, and Cilic nearly broke through, but ultimately failed to convert on three match points and fell 3-7 in the tiebreak.
The fifth set was also played fairly evenly, as both men had opportunities for breaks, but Cilic was the one who capitalized, taking the set and match 6-4, after Cilic attacked Tsonga’s second serve, with the Frenchman winning only 3 of his 11 2nd serve points (3 double faults).
Cilic will play his semifinal on Thursday, most likely going against Serbian rival and world #1 Novak Djokovic, who has advanced to the finals at five of the last six Grand Slams, and is 13-0 against Cilic. The last three times the pair met, Djokovic won in straight sets.
I posted this on the older mma thread…but I think is appropriate here as well…
Sikic got his ass handed to him in the first round and submitted with a verbal scream…not a good time for Croatian sports…bball team lost to the Czechs as well….Cilic was outright embarrassed…soccer team debacle…I think we hit a low…only one way to go from here
You’re a man after my own heart, Hammer
Actually I’ll beat Iggy’s idea, Cunting cuntDjokovic.
Cuntdjokovic is very good. I can only hope Ziva goes with that from now on.
Cuntdjokovic is good
How about calling him mutt Djokovic.
Well Ziva dosen’t look at the negative in everything, so I disagree with you on that Mile, case in point he calls Novak Djokovic half Hrvat, that’s positive.
pundit/idiot……….all the same.
Well, to be fair…………..Simunic was suspended and Cilic did have the doping situation. So, its not like I am making any of this up.
Sure, he repeats the same nonsense over and over again – Doper Cilic, STD Corluka, Suspension Joey. Notice that it’s always slights against Croats. That’s the problem with a lot of Croats. They look at the negative of everything. I guess if Fox News is your source of “news”, that’s how the world looks to you. I’m still laughing at Ziva calling Sarah Palin a pundit. That’s classic.
Nobody can repeat that joke 14 straight times, surely.
Doper Cilic is in good shape. Nobody can beat him 14 straight times
Niko Kovač is GONE ! Canned ! Out !
I would be hysterical if Ci Ci could beat D-Joke ! Very Very Hard !!
Marin’s record against Djokovic is 13 matches for 13 losses. 31 sets won by Djokovic, 5 by Cilic. Brutal. Marin could bring the cigan up on rape charges based on those stats.
Good ONYA MARIN DA MAN !
Now just need Djokovic to either
(a) trip over himself and get injured, or
(b) miraculously loose to Lopez
and another title on the way! Yesh !