A fourth-round Wimbledon clash saw British favourite, Andy Murray take on Croatian, Marin Cilic for a place in the quarter-finals. The grass court match was played on Wimbledon’s Court One, without the benefit of a roof to protect from the typical English summer elements of rain and wind.
Murray came out cold on a bluster over-cast July day. He lost opening game of the first set when Cilic broke his serve. However, he was quickly able to break Cilic back and put the first set back on-serve, with two games for each player.
With the first set tied at four games apiece, Cilic had a break-point. But an ace, an unforced error and a smash off a bad return saved Murray’s service game.
Then, with the set approaching a tie, it was Murray that came out on-top. With Cilic serving to take the first set to tie-break, Murray completed a love-break game to take the first set 7-5.
In the second set, it was Murray that had the first break chance. Cilic challenged the call that his shot was out, but was unsuccessful, giving Murray a 3-1 lead.
Play was then halted by rain till the next day. Murray started the second day with a 40-Love advantage in his first service game. He quickly finished Cilic off and Cilic responded in the next game by holding serve before the game was yet again suspended by rain.
Third time’s the charm and Murray headed back out with a 4-2 lead in the second set. This time, Murray came out hot. He won the first game of the second set by serving a love-game.
Cilic battled hard in the next game but was ultimately unsuccessful. Murray took him to deuce and broke him on the first chance to win the second set 6-2.
Cilic began to look tired after his previous-round five set, five and a half hour battle of attrition against Sam Querrey. Cilic gave it his all at the start of the second set, holding serve and giving Murray a scare on the way to 1-1 in the third.
But with Cilic serving to make it 2-2, Murray struck again, breaking the Croat to make the third set 3-1.
From there it was all downhill for Cilic. He was able to win two more service games in the third but Murray was able to easily and rapidly overpower him. Murray took the third set 6-3 to sweep the match and finish the tired Cilic off.
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