Marin Cilic may have qualified for his first four final at Roland Garros at the age of 33, but his opponent’s humble action left an unforgivable mark on the tournament.
Cilic gave Roland-Garos 33 aces to reach the final four for the first time, beating No. 7 seed Andrei Rublev 5-7 6-3 6-4 3-6 7-6 (10-2) 4. Hours, 10 minutes of strength and will test.
In the midst of the mental turmoil of the 2014 US Open champion winning 88, Rublev surprised the tennis world with his random kindness throughout the match.
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The Russians showed incredible sportsmanship twice in the fifth set, indicating early in the tiebreaker that Cilic actually had a stroke and that, earlier in the 1, Cilic volunteered to replay a point after complaining that a shot called a touch one. Line
“No! No! No! No! Please!” Chile Dr.
“Please! No! No! No! The ball is touching the line. The ball is touching the line! Please!”
The replay shows that the ball was out and the initial umpire’s call was actually correct, but Rublev held his racket to concede the point.
John McEnroe, confused by Eurosport’s commentary, was confused by Rubelv’s gesture.
“It’s interesting because Rublev circled a sign that seemed out, but then he turned around and gave it to Cilic,” McEnroe said.
“I don’t know how to respond, but it’s done!
“He basically circled a sign that probably showed it was out! But anyway.”
The crowd showed their gratitude, giving a congratulatory message to Rublev when Cilic was full of praise after the match.
“Andre played incredibly well and it was an incredible fair play performance on the court,” he said.
Cilic dropped Rublev’s career mark to 0-5 in the big quarterfinals. This was thanks to the irresistible ability to strike strikes and groundstroke for the winners – 88 in all, more than double Rublev’s total of 35.
“It was tough mentally, because he played some games very well,” Cilic said. “When you play for so long, there are always ups and downs, so I had to keep my focus.”
Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray, all ranked No. 1 and winners, join Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray to advance to at least one semifinal run in at least one semifinal race in four slam events. Multiple major
Cilic was Federer’s runners-up at Wimbledon in 2017 and at the Australian Open in 2018; The latter was Cilic’s most recent tour of the Slam semifinals.
Cilic will fight No. 6 Caspar Rudd for a place in the final. In the other men’s semifinals is 13-time champion Rafael Nadal, who defeated Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals against No. 3 Alexander Zaverev.
Either way, Silik’s experience will be much bigger. There will be youth for his opponents, anyway: Rudd is only 23 years old.
No matter. Silic looks good nowadays.
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When he had a physical exam at the end of 2021, he said, his doctor told him: “Your body is like 25.”
Persistent Cilic: “Don’t tell my wife I’m saying this, (but) I’ll probably play another 10 years.”
Everyone jokingly said to one side: “How long? We’ll see. But of course three, four years, if I can compete like this. “
As part of a deal between the four Grand Slam hosts to standardize an element of the game, this is the first time Roland-Garros has used a tiebreaker in the fifth set of a men’s match – and in the third set of a women’s match.
After trailing 2-1 in the tiebreaker, Cilic collected the last nine points of the match and ran in the first 10 format against Rublev.
The 198 cm Silik has the largest delivery and has delivered up to 214 km / h at an average speed of 199 km / h.
He came with three aces in the tiebreaker.
Rublev said, “He won almost all the important points with his serve and it was really hard to read or come back.
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