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Just got word Marin Cilic has had to withdraw from the AustralianOpen as he is not ready after his knee injury
01-14-2011, 02:15 PM
I think the Aussie is his best slam, he seems to peak at this time of the year looking at his past results.
I expect him to figure out his stuff and make a good run. Would love to see a 3rd (or 4th?) round against Nadal. In case they meet, he is 1-0 against him and has that 'Del Potro' kind of game that can give him trouble if he is on.
But you never know with him, he's quite the streaky guy, can beat quality players one day, can lose to anyone the next.
01-14-2011, 02:16 PM
Čilić is a boring ball basher, sooner out, the better.
Čilić is a boring ball basher, sooner out, the better.
So you're a Ferrer kind of guy, then?
There is much at stake for Marin Cilic at the start of this new year. A semifinalist at Australian Open 2010, the test he was offered in the third round today was no simple one against No.20 seed John Isner, one of the most improved players of 2010.
Isner was the quickest to get into the match. Scoring service winners and aces with uncanny ease, and passing 100 per cent of first serves in his first three service games, he quickly looked like the boss on a sunny Margaret Court Arena.
And when he serves so well, the 2.08 metre- tall American can play more freely his return games. After missing a first break point in the fifth game, he only had to wait two more games to break the serve of a visibly tense Cilic on a double fault. In spite of the loud encouragements of the Croatian supporters, Cilic couldn't keep his head above water. His arm wasn't swinging freely, and he looked tentative on important points, losing the set 6-4.
But as Cilic was finding his way into the match, Isner was losing his rhythm on serve, and with it his confidence. In the second game, as Isner's first serve wavered, Cilic scored his first break of the match. Cilic looked as if he had finally gotten a grip on the giant serve of his opponent. He proved it again by scoring a second break in the seventh game to capture the set 6-2 on a winning forehand, and level the score at one set a piece.
From then on, an incredible battle of serves began. Cilic was answering Isner's devastating serve with more authority on his groundstrokes; as both men saved one break point early in the third set, they went to a tie-break.
Twice, Cilic found himself with a mini-break, and twice the Croatian proved too loose. And so he did again when Isner found himself at 6-5 with his first opportunity to win the set, Cilic netting an easy backhand. And the fourth set saw a similar scenario. Yet if Isner looked the slight favourite, Cilic's nerves proved the strongest in the tie-breaker. An easy forehand into the net on his first service point put Isner behind. And the giant American collapsed, relinquishing the tie-break on two consecutive double faults.
The fifth set was nerve-wracking, as each knew that the least drop of intensity could result in a decisive break.
At 7-7 no-one was letting go of his service game but Isner was once again looking slightly above, serving regularly over 220 km/h. Yet Cilic's advantage was significant. He was serving first. And this advantage proved decisive. At 8-7, Isner suddenly looked nervous. A missed return gave Cilic a first match point, saved by a forehand winner.
Two points later however, there was a second match. And this time Isner mishit a forehand to offer the victory to the Croat after a four hours 33 minutes marathon which saw the American serve 26 aces.
"It came down to a few points here and there. It stinks. It's going to be tough to sleep tonight," Isner said. "I expected him to serve big, but not that big," Cilic said. "At some moments I felt that it was really difficult to get a rhythm on his serve… At the end of the match I just tried to stay in, started to serve much better, and felt easier with my game. I got a little lucky in this last game to win the match."
After a disappointing second half of 2010, Cilic knows things are clicking back into place. "It's a big win of course. Mentally it was not easy to stay in the match. This helps a lot in my all around game especially that I played well also the first two matches. So I'm really happy."
World No. 19 Marin Cilic made a strong start in Madrid, having ousted veteran Potito Starace in straight sets. The 22-year-old Croatian tallied 11 aces and three breaks of serve, en route to a 7-6(5), 6-4 victory in 94 minutes. By virtue of the first-round win, Cilic improved his season record to 18-9.
He is scheduled to take on Juan Martin Del Potro in the second round.
05-03-2011, 08:59 PM
thats tough going against juan.
Man Cilic gets a beat down from Juan. I wonder if that AO run was just a fluke :(
The Croatian, seeded 19th, staged a fightback from 5-1 down in the third set but Spanish clay-court specialist Ramirez Hidalgo kept his nerve to pull off an impressive upset.
Today's defeat was the latest of a frustrating season for Cilic, 22, who looked set to become a fixture in the top 10 when he reached the Australian Open semi-finals last year but he will now fall further from his current ranking of 20th.
Cilic into the third round of queens, beating Clément 6-4 6-4 - he will now face Bellucci.
Cilic into the QF of Queens with a win over T Bellucci
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01-06-2012, 01:58 PM
Cilic out of Australian Open:
RT @CraigTiley: Just got word Marin Cilic has had to withdraw from the @AustralianOpen as he is not ready after his knee injury #ausopen
Daaaaamn. I guess he won't be repeating his AO semifinal run this year either T_T
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