Marin Cilic joins Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray as the only active players to reach the semi-finals of all majors; the veteran faces Norway’s eighth seed Casper Ruud for a spot in the French Open final on Sunday
Last update: 02/06/22 00:24
Marin Cilic’s French Open revival continued as the Croatian reached his first Grand Slam semi-final in four years with a clash against Norway’s Casper Ruud to come.
Cilic, who won the US Open in 2014 and was a Wimbledon runner-up three years later, beat Andrey Rublev 5-7 6-3 6-4 3-6 7-6 (10-2) after a tie- decisive break.
The 33-year-old will face Ruud in the last four after the eighth seed ended Holger Rune’s fairytale run 6-1 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 to reach her first Grand Slam semi-final. -final.
Cilic is an in-form player who impressed in a straight-sets win over world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev in the quarter-finals.
The Croatian again relied on 33 aces and a massive forehand to make up for 71 unforced errors in four hours and 14 minutes.
He said: “The victory comes from me, I played this kind of tennis the whole match. Especially the fifth set was an incredible battle.
“Andrey played incredibly well, it was an incredibly fair performance on the pitch.
“A lot of heart. You had to go down and today was my day. But Andrey also played an amazing game. Bad luck for him.
“I felt more emotionally tired because Andrey plays a tough game, he serves big, hits big and you don’t have many chances.
“You have to follow your level, which I did. Unfortunately, I lost that fourth set. I thought I was close to getting the break.
“When you play that long there will always be ups and downs in the game but I kept my focus in the fifth.”
In the last quarter-final, Danish teenager Rune had represented Wimbledon semi-finalist Denis Shapovalov and fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas for a fortnight but found Ruud too hot to handle the loss.
“Of course, a lot of nerves all day to go there. It’s hard to find calm and peace,” Ruud said. “I started well but Holger fought back and raised his level.”
“I had played him three times already, now fourth, I guess I know a bit how he plays. He plays without fear, goes for big shots.”
“It’s a great day for Norwegian tennis,” added Ruud. “I will use tomorrow to prepare. These games are the ones you dream of playing.”
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