Wimbledon Day 9 Review

It was men’s quarterfinal day and a few of the matches ended up going the distance but even though they were tight they weren’t as high quality and tense as some of the women’s quarterfinals. My feature match was one of the first quarterfinals to be played between Gilles Muller and Marin Cilic.

My feature match saw Marin Cilic make his first Wimbledon semifinal in his career as he squeezed past Gilles Muller 3-6, 7-6(8-6), 7-5 5-7, 6-1 out on Court 1. This was so tightly contested and both men were so strong on serve but after his marathon fourth round Muller started too wain physically towards the end of this match. Muller was fantastic in the first set and even though Cilic was a bit slow coming out of the blocks, Muller winning the set with a double break was mostly down to his great play. The second and third sets were incredibly close but it was Cilic who was too solid at the end of both of them. Cilic was the stronger player through the fourth set and he had quite a few opportunities to go up a break but he played a sloppy game at 5-6 down which gave Muller the set and a one-set shot out was set up. Muller was completely exhausted considering it was his third five-setter of the tournament and Cilic who raced out to lead 4-0. Muller was lucky to get the single game in that final set because he was not moving well and Cilic was playing great but in the end Cilic still got it done in the fifth easily.

Someone who has a lot more Wimbledon experience than Cilic by name of Roger Federer eased through his quarterfinal against last years finalist Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-2, 7-6(7-4). Raonic was still playing well but Federer was just on song and I don’t see who will be able to stop him that is left in the draw. He got the single break of the first set midway through the set and once the swiss master took the opener you felt like there was no way back for Raonic. I think that Raonic felt like that as well and the second set went away in a whisker as Federer took it with a double break. Roanic managed to rouse enough confidence for the third set and a tiebreaker was forced but Federer did just enough in the breaker to seal the victory. I was surprised at how well Federer dismantled a player that beat him here last year in a heartbreaker. The draw really broke open yesterday with Murray and Djokovic going out and that will just boost Federer’s confidence and he was already fancying his chances here.

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