The beautiful adventure continues for Marin Cilic. Launched at the age of 33 in what looks a bit like a second career, the Croatian is looking very high at Roland Garros this year after the last two difficult seasons in terms of results. In a brand new ambitious suit, the current 23rd in the world folded Russian striker Andrey Rublev on Wednesday in five sets (5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 ) and will play its first Porte d’Auteuil semi-final on Friday.
In a game between two archers behind their bets, which would save them many times throughout the game, Andrey Rublev collecting 78% points behind his first ball while Cilic compiled 30 aces in the end , the victory logically returned to the more offensive and enterprising of the two.
The super tie-break, the third of the tournament in the men’s table, was finally the perfect summary of a match in which the Croatian tried and bit more than the Russian (88 winning shots at 35, 71 direct fouls at 31) . In two lightning-fast straight-backs on the Russian’s second service ball, Cilic had the audacity to be happy in a decisive game that he masterfully led, before conceding ace and high volley in reverse, to tame Andrey Rublev, as he had already done at the Australian Open this year.
Cilic in the semifinals of all the Grand Slams
So here’s Cilic in the semi-finals at Roland Garros, which few experts had predicted, as the Croatian seemed to be a little vegetated for a year and a half. Above all, he is the one who completes his record, becoming the fifth active player to reach the semifinals in the four majors (with Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray) and the first Croatian in history to achieve such performance.
Dynamic, motivated, physically sharp and once again formidable on the right-hand shift, Marin Cilic seems to be reborn on Parisian soil, which he will try to pursue against Casper Ruud on Friday.