Cilic to face Del Potro after marathon win


Cilic: “It was a lot of ups and downs but I was really satisfied at the end with the way I was fighting”

By Sky Sports Tennis

Last Updated: 04/06/18 7:33pm

Marin Cilic will take on Juan Martin del Potro in the quarter-finals of the French Open

Marin Cilic will take on Juan Martin del Potro in the quarter-finals of the French Open

Marin Cilic survived an almighty scare before overcoming Fabio Fognini in a marathon encounter to set up a blockbuster French Open quarter-final against Juan Martin del Potro.

Cilic fired eight aces and hit 44 winners to quell the battling Italian’s challenge 6-4 6-1 3-6 6-7 (4-7) 6-3 in three hours and 37 minutes.

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“I was so frustrated on some occasions,” former US Open champion Cilic said. “A lot of opportunities and just missing some balls. It was not easy to keep going. It was a lot of ups and downs but I was really satisfied at the end with the way I was fighting.”

Fognini, who knocked out British No 1 Kyle Edmund in the third round, looked down and out at two sets behind and required treatment on an ankle injury.

But he somehow battled back to 2-2, even saving a match point in the fourth.

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Del Potro lies in wait for third-seed Cilic Del Potro lies in wait for third-seed Cilic

Del Potro lies in wait for third-seed Cilic

However, Croatian third seed Cilic took the fifth thanks to a double break of serve and will face Del Potro in the quarter-finals.

The Argentinian secured a comfortable 6-4 6-4 6-4 victory over American ninth seed John Isner to reach the last eight for the first time since 2012.

Cilic trails Del Potro 10-2 in career meetings with the big Argentinian having won their last seven in a row dating back to 2011.

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