The great adventure continues for Marin Cilic. Launched at the age of 33 in what is a bit like a second career, the Croatian is in the process of raising his head very high at Roland-Garros this year after two difficult last seasons in terms of results. In a brand new ambitious suit, the current 23rd in the world on Wednesday bent the Russian striker, Andrey Rublev, in five sets (5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 ) and will play its first semi-final at Porte d’Auteuil on Friday.
In a match between two players braced behind their face-offs, which would save them time and time again throughout the game, Andrey Rublev racking up 78% points behind his first ball while Cilic compiled 30 aces in the end , the victory is, logically, returned to the most offensive and the most enterprising of the two.
The super tie-break, the third in the tournament in the men’s draw, was ultimately the perfect summary of a match in which the Croatian tried and crunched a lot more than the Russian (88 winning shots to 35, 71 unforced errors to 31) . In two lightning forehand returns on the Russian’s second serve ball, Cilic had the happy audacity in a decisive game which he led masterfully, before chaining ace and high backhand volley, to tame Andrey Rublev, as he had already done it at the Australian Open this year.
Cilic in the semi-finals of all Grand Slams
So here is Cilic in the semi-finals at Roland-Garros, which few experts had expected, as the Croatian seemed to vegetate a little for a year and a half. Here he is, above all, completing his record, becoming the fifth active player to reach the semi-finals in all four Majors (with Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray) and the first Croatian in history to achieve such a result. performance.
Dynamic, motivated, physically sharp and again formidable on the forehand shift, Marin Cilic seems to be reborn on Parisian soil, which he will try to pursue against Casper Ruud on Friday.