Two of the ATP World Tour’s towering athletes will cross paths tomorrow evening, as Croatia’s Marin Cilic and world No. 21 Kevin Anderson both booked spots in the Delray Beach final with straight set victories in their semi-final contests.
World No. 29 Marin Cilic is through to his third final in as many weeks, following a straight sets victory of American No. 1 John Isner. The Croat hit 12 aces and managed 1 of 7 break points to earn the 7-6(5), 6-3 victory. Cilic is currently partaking in one of the best three-week stretches of his entire career, as he is coming off a 10th career-title in Zagreb and runner-up in Rotterdam.
“It’s been the best three weeks I’ve played in my life,” said Cilic. “It shows that I can keep my consistency. It’s better when you’re winning in two sets, but today wasn’t easy. With John you always have to be careful of his big serve. It’s a matter of a couple points here and there that can change the match.”
South Africa’s Kevin Anderson reached his first ATP World Tour final of the season on Saturday afternoon with a straight sets victory over Steve Johnson. The world No. 21 hit 13 aces and managed 3/7 break points to earn the 6-4, 6-4 win over the American qualifier.
“I think from the first game, getting that break was really key for me,” said Anderson. “I was really happy with the first four games; I was really capitalising on his second serves. That set the tone for the match. I was really happy with the way I executed my serve today. I’ve always enjoyed playing here. The surface is one I enjoy playing on. I’ve played some good matches this year. I’m excited for the final tomorrow.”
With a 2-4 record in ATP finals, which include three runner-up finishes in 2013, Anderson will be looking to add to that list with a victory tomorrow evening in Delray Beach. It would be his second ATP World Tour title in Delray Beach, after defeating Marinko Matosevic two years ago.