French Open: Marin Cilic, Caspar Rudd reach semifinals for the first time

Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - June 1, 2022 Marin Cilic of Croatia in action during the quarter-final match against Andre Rublev REUTERS / Benoit Tessier of Russia

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 1, 2022 Marin Cilic of Croatia in action during the quarter-final match against Andre Rublev REUTERS / Benoit Tessier of Russia

Marin Cilic and Caspar Rudd advanced to the semifinals of the French Open for the first time on Wednesday, courtesy of two big-hitting performances that overwhelmed their opponents.

Silik won 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (10/2) and lost to seventh seed Andrei Rublev with 33 aces and 88 wins.

Eighth seed Ruud fought the 33-year-old Croat when he became the first Norwegian to reach the Grand Slam semifinals with a 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-3 victory. On the Danish teenager Holger Rune.

Cilic, the 2014 US Open champion, needed four hours and 10 minutes to beat Rublev, who has now lost all five of his five quarterfinals at the Slam.

Cilic is only the fifth active male player to make the 20th pick to reach the semifinals in all four majors after Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray.

“The fifth set was an incredible fight,” said Cilic, who is in his first Grand Slam semifinal in four years.

“Andre played very well. Today was my day. He had no luck. “

Rublev captured the first set but was wiped out under the Silik Barrage in the next two.

Croat stunned world number two Daniel Medvedev in the fourth round and rediscovered that free-swing attack to level the contest with a 17th ace in the fifth set point.

He pocketed the third in the lone break in the seventh game.

Rublev, who lost to Cilic at the Australian Open in January, fought a crucial break in the eighth game of the fourth set.

Cilic, runner-up to the 2017 Wimbledon and 2018 Australian Open Federer, saved a match point in the ninth game of the decider but swept the Super tiebreaker.

‘Serving very well’

Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - June 2, 2022 Norway's Caspar Rudd celebrates after winning his quarter-final match against Denmark's Holger Rune Reuters / Gonzalo Fuentes

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 2, 2022 Norway’s Caspar Rudd celebrates after winning his quarter-final match against Denmark’s Holger Rune Reuters / Gonzalo Fuentes

“She was serving very well,” Rubelv said.

“After the first set I relaxed but then I didn’t think.

“I could not control my emotions in the previous quarter finals. Today I was close to the semifinals. ”

Rune, ranked 40th, finished fourth in the fourth round and knocked out 2021 runners-up Stefanos Sitsipas.

The 19-year-old was bidding for the first Danish player in the last four and in any slam in Paris after Jan Leslie at the 1967 US Championships.

However, Ruud defeated Young, winning 13 aces and 55 victories while Rune had to fight 12 of the 17 break points engraved by the Norwegians.

“I started the match well, but Holger increased his level of play, he came back and it was tough until the end,” Rudd said after beating Dan for the fourth time in four meetings.

“I have met him three times and he is improving. He has become unpredictable, he is not afraid of anything and it will be dangerous for the next few years, “added Rudd, who has never reached 16 rounds of a Grand Slam before the French Open.

In another semifinal on Friday, 13-time champion Rafael Nadal will face Alexander Zaverev after an epic quarter-final victory over Novak Djokovic.

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