QF Munich: Cilic vs. Almagro - what happened?


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Anyone here saw that match? I didn't. Feel free to share your thoughts.

I consider Almagro pretty decent on clay and Im suprised he got upset by Cilic. I mean, being a former FO junior champion - of course Cilic is decent on clay. But Almagro, theoretically, should be a far more difficult opponent than say Lopez.
From what I've seen from Cilic so far this year on clay, he's sort of lacked the ability to transform his hc-skills onto clay the way Soderling and to some exctent Tsonga has. Is Cilic finally on to something?

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Talk Tennis Guru
I didnt see it either, but here's a report :)

Cilic toughs out quarterfinal win over Almagro
5/8/10 2:35 AM | Cheryl Murray

Marin Cilic was given a stern test in the Munich quarterfinals by Spaniard Nicolas Almagro.

Marin Cilic finds himself safely into the BMW Open semifinals with a tricky three-set win over Nicolas Almagro. The Croat and tournament top seed was solid on the big points in the opening set. Almagro had 3 chances to break, but couldn’t convert on any of them. Cilic had just one opportunity, which he seized to take the set-winning service break.

The Spaniard was able to level the match in the second set, which progressed with no service breaks at all. Once again, Cilic proved impressive on break points, fighting off each of the 5 breaks against him. Almagro, surprisingly proved to be the better server in the match, and was able to take advantage of the second set breaker.

Cilic finally took the match firmly in hand in the third set, with a pair of breaks on Almagro. The Croat will take on No. 5 seed Marcos Baghdatis in the semis.