Marin Cilic reaches Australian Open quarters, celebrates 100th Grand Slam win
Former US Open champion Marin Cilic grew to become the primary man into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open when he floor down Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 6-7(2), 6-3, 7-6(zero), 7-6(3) on Sunday.
In an entertaining baseline duel on the Margaret Court Arena, sixth seed Cilic blew away Carreno Busta within the tiebreaks to rejoice his 100th grand slam win.
A former semi-finalist at Melbourne Park, Cilic additionally equalled Goran Ivanisevic’s Croatian document of 11 grand slam quarter-final appearances.
Carreno Busta confirmed coronary heart to rally from a break down within the fourth set and push the match into a 3rd tiebreak however was shortly overwhelmed by Cilic’s firepower because the Croatian introduced up 4 match factors in a rush.
Cilic blew one in every of them by spraying a crosscourt shot broad however made no mistake on the second, hammering an enormous first serve down the ‘T’ and choosing off the return with a simple forehand winner, bringing raucous cheers from the big Croatian contingent within the terraces.
The 2014 US Open champion Cilic will meet both final 12 months’s finalist Rafa Nadal or Argentine Diego Schwartzman for a spot within the semi-finals.
“It was an unbelievable match, a lot of ups and downs,” Cilic mentioned in his on-court interview. “Pablo came back and really gave me a lot of trouble … We had a lot of tough rallies so I was really glad how I stayed in there mentally.”