2014 USO Semifinal: [2] R. Federer vs [14] M. Cilic

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The winner into the 2014 USO FINAL

Poll closed Sep 5, 2014.
  1. Federer in 3

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  2. Federer in 4

    55.0%
  3. Federer in 5

    5.0%
  4. Cilic in 5

    3.3%
  5. Cilic in 4

    10.8%
  6. Cilic in 3

    2.5%
  1. Team10

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    Should be a good one. Federer just came from two sets to love down and saved two match points in the fourth set to beat Gael Monfils. Cilic is a hard hitting player but I think Fed will take him in 4.

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  2. sosa09

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    Federer in 4.
     
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  3. forzamilan90

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    Hoping Federer can reach the final, not expecting an easy match...but Cilic is not as great of a mover as Monfils, so some of these impossible shots Monfils was returning Cilic won't be able to. He doesn't have that intimidation factor, but he can hit a ball for sure.
     
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    Juicerer in 3
     
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  5. Mr.Snrub

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    Someone's gonna rail you for not putting a poll. People treat these match threads like they're the Qur'an
     
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  6. fundrazer

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    If Federer looks as uninspired as he did in the first two sets today, then I like Cilic to win in 4.

    Bummed that these two are playing in the semis though. Two of my favorites out of today's crop of players. I'd be happy to see either of them win, but only one is going to get the chance to make the finals :(
     
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  7. victorcruz

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    Man, I feel for bad for Fed. He's had the toughest draw I've ever seen on his way to the Final.
     
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    Expecting 4 or 5 setter.

    Federer might be gassed out.

    I think Cilic might have an edge here.

    Federer's serve hasn't been that great this entire USO...

    If Cilic isn't playing at a high level, a normal ******* should be able to win.

    I think both players are worthy of being a finalist. Let's not forget that both Cilic and Federer pushed Djokovic to the limit (5 sets) at Wimbledon.
     
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  9. Team10

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    Vote please, poll will close in 24 hours time :)
     
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  10. Djokovic2011

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    I think Marin can take a set but probably no more than that. Fed in 4.
     
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  11. chjtennis

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    Voted Federer in 4, but I think Cilic has some real chance to reach to the final. He has been having a good year and just took Federer to 3 sets in Toronto. I'd favor Fed but wouldn't be surprised if Cilic takes him out.
     
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  12. tennisaddict

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    Fed will win this in 3. Fed was head and shoulders above Cilic at Toronto , though he let the match go 3 sets.
     
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  13. Bhagi Katbamna

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    Cilic will lose by one break each set. Fed in 3
     
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  14. jm1980

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    Fed to win rather comfortably in 4 sets
     
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  15. 100% Natural

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    Fed to win in a comfortable 5 sets, 7-6 in the 5th.
     
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    Federer in 4.

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  17. Radicalized

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    I missed Cilic this season. I didn't catch much on TV, in general.

    What does the Cilic of today have that has gotten him this far?

    A simple run down will do.

    It could get rained out on Saturday. So, Federer, after the fives sets could have more time to recover. Mentally, I don't know if that is good or bad if he is on a high.

    I don't know about Cilic given that same scenario with the possible extra time due to my previous note about lack of information.

    Thanks.
     
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  18. beast of mallorca

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    Cilic has never beaten Federer, 0-5. Fed just beat him 3 weeks ago.
    Fed in 3-4 sets
     
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  19. The_Order

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    So, not 1 single top 10 opponent on the way to the finals for Federer?

    Where are those clowns sooking about Nadal's 2010 and 2013 draw now? At least he had to beat guys ranked in the top 10.

    Cilic will not be winning this, even if he goes up 2 sets to 0, he will fold after that.
     
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  20. Tenez101

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    Am I the only one who thinks Cilic will bring his A-game, especially after seeing Roger so vulnerable in the quarters?
     
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    You need to consult a shrink and sort out your mental issues. No one has mentioned Rafa here and you seem very interested in turning a match thread into a flame war.

    Stay on topic, wasn't this you told another poster few days ago. Practise what you preach
     
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  22. Revenant

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    Can't believe people are so upset about Federer's draw.
     
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  23. The_Order

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    It is on topic. Cilic is not ranked in the top 10, which means Fed has had one of the easiest draws in history to reach the final.

    Yet, no one comments on this? At this time last year there were a load of threads created sooking about Nadal's draw.
     
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    Hope for Federer, a classic final is within reach :)

    But if Cilic plays like he did at his best last night, he can beat anybody. He was totally dominant and I thought it was a really strong performance.
     
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  25. pame

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    Fed can be stubborn sometimes, but at last he seems to have learned from Nadal how it's done..lol
     
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    True, everyone in his draw is absolutely zoning.
    Cilic will be fresh and famished.

    It'll be a tough one for Oldie to pull thru.
     
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    Not sure if you're serious about that. I've seen at least 20 posts about the same thing. Why are you guys so upset about something as trivial as the draw? You get some good ones, and you get some bad ones. The best of the tournament stay to play, the rest go home. It's very simple.
     
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  28. The_Order

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    No what's very simple is that one player has been given a free ticket to the final playing guys ranked well below him.
     
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  29. Supertegwyn

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    I don't think Cilic is athletic enough to defend like Monfils can, and I think his backhand is more of a liability than Gael's. Fed in 3.
     
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    Give Cilic 2 sets and 5-0 lead against Fedalovic and he will still choke. NID result. Federer in 4.
     
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  31. ilovetennis212

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    Good point.
    Cilic can win a set if federer start slow like yesterday.
     
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  32. Chico

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    Can they both lose somehow and Monfils play in the final?

    That would be my preference.
     
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  33. Federer302

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    Imagine Cilic beat Novak in the final. I almost want it to happen just to see Chico's meltdown.

    I think he would rather lose 10 RG finals than lose to Cilic. It would just be superb.

    If Cilic has learnt something from the Nole Wimbledon match then he can win. Great player but has always choked. Would be nice for him to make the final.

    The other big factor is the match being at night. Fed has played all his matches at night. In fact most of his summer has been at night. Don't know if that will play a role.

    Hats off to RF for reaching 3 SFs this year. Not many saw that coming.
     
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  34. Bukmeikara

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    Fun fact, Federer has most top 10 wins this year(12). More than Djokovic(9) and more than Nadal(6). Looking at those stats who got to play more serious opponents? :)
     
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    Do you really need a motivational letter to why Youzhny and Gasquet are not tougher than Monfils and Cilic? These guys are rollin. Youzhny and Gasquet are easy putaways for the big 3 no matter what form they are in. Cilic is gonna be very tough for Federer to handle if he deals with the pressure of being in a Slam SF.
     
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  36. TennisLovaLova

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    Federer my man, never disappoints
     
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    Believe it or not, I would prefer Novak to lose to Cilic than to Federer in the final.
    Media, sponsor and fanatics hype machine would be unbelievable if Federer wins. No sane person wants that. Also I don't want favoritism and rigged cakewalk draws to be rewarded.

    One fluke slam by Cilic is nothing compared to that. Also Cilic seems to be a nice guy. Always friendly and respectful towards Novak.
     
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    Looking how both matches panned out, I'm not sure Murray would've been any tougher for Fed than Monfils. Monfils could give Djokovic a run for the money if he faced him in this kind of form in the QF. Cilic is equally tough in the SF as Nishikori.
     
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  39. Federer302

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    Croatia to beat Serbia ?

    Chico, you are one of my favourite posters btw.
     
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  40. The Green Mile

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    Federer, the destroyer of balls, in 4 sets.
     
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  41. Chico

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    This is not soccer. :)
    Also Novak beat Croatian players so many times (I think he is undefeated so far), so one loss would not be the end of the world. ;)

    This being said, it would a bit more pressure on both if they meed in the final, which might affect the quality of play.
    That is why I would prefer it is someone else Novak plays in the final (but not Fed ;) - impossible now I know).
     
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  42. m2nk2

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    Come one Fed!!
     
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    Is the final being played on a monday again??
     
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    Yes, monday 5pm
     
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  45. Chico

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    This "Final on Monday" nonsense on US Open has to stop. It is ridiculous. Just shows where twisted TV station interest only logic leads to. Nowhere good.
     
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    Federer in 4 but this is not at all easy to predict. Depends on which Federer turns up.
     
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    Monfils played a better match than anyone Rafa faced before the finals in his USO runs. Ranking isn't everything...
     
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  48. The_Order

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    No, Federer was that bad especially in the second set, that he allowed Monfils to play that way.

    Rafa otoh, was in such strong from that he disposed of top 10 players like they were nothing. Last year Gasquet was playing really well, some of the best tennis of his career beating both Raonic and Ferrer, but still couldn't stand a chance against Rafa in that form.

    Federer has been uninspiring to say the least with his form so far this year. There is a legitimate argument that the only reason he is in the semi's is because of how weak his draw is. You tell me who was going to take Nadal down last year before the final? or 2010?
     
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    Comment this, how Federer has twise as manny top 10 wins this year than Nadal. Doesnt this means that he had a more harder opponents ?
     
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    Well he was playing better than Robredo last year that's for sure. Gasquet was playing alright but nothing too special, it was off the back of two 5 setters as well. Monfils was playing better than him as well.

    No one would of, because the tournaments were weak...

    Federer's draw is at the same level as Nadal's for the most part. All 3 were cake really. Whether Cilic can play lights out or not will determine if Federer had a better draw or not.
     
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