Sam Querrey - Marin Cilic
Wimbledon men - 14 July 2017
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QUERREY 7-6, 4-6, 6-7, 5-7 CILIC: GAME, SET, MATCH! CILIC MAKES HIS FIRST WIMBLEDON FINAL. Feeling the pressure? Querrey opens with just the third double of the match but follows with a great serve that the Croat can only net on the stretch. An unsuccessful Querrey challenge puts him two points from defeat and when another backhand drifts long, Cilic has two match points. It’s there for him on a plate but he somehow nets the backhand with the match at his mercy. But he makes no mistake on the second, smashing a forehand winner and wild celebrations ensue. Well played.
QUERREY 7-6, 4-6, 6-7, 5-6 CILIC: Impressive serving from Cilic. Successive aces takes him to 40-0 as Querrey barely has time to think. A backhand winner puts the pressure firmly back on the shoulders of the American.
QUERREY 7-6, 4-6, 6-7, 5-5 CILIC: We’ve crept into three hours since this pair stepped on court as Querrey opens by slamming down his 18th ace. He then nets a backhand to give Cilic hope but the Croat then nets when seemingly in charge of the next point. Querrey takes advantage of this slip to tie things up once more.
QUERREY 7-6, 4-6, 6-7, 4-5 CILIC: Brilliance from Querrey on the opening point, flicking a backhand drop shot on the half volley with the ball almost behind him, like one Andy Murray pulled off earlier in the tournament. Cilic isn’t going to drop his guard this time, though. He bangs down another ace and an unreturnable serve up the tee. And he consolidates the break with another big serve into the corner. Suddenly, he’s a game away from a first Wimbledon final!
QUERREY 7-6, 4-6, 6-7, 4-4 CILIC: BREAK! Cilic is like a dog with a bone at the moment and he’s not going to let this set go. He smashes a forehand return winner and threads a backhand up the line to get to 30-30. The Croat does brilliantly to chase down a short ball and feather a drop shot over the net to bring up another break point and gets the job done with a big forehand off a tame second serve.
QUERREY 7-6, 4-6, 6-7, 4-3 CILIC: The mental resolve of Marin Cilic is impressive indeed. He must be feeling that at 4-1 up in the opening set tiebreak and the chances to break this set, that he could have the job done by now. He’s not letting it get the better of him and seals the game with an ace.
QUERREY 7-6, 4-6, 6-7, 4-2 CILIC: Querrey suddenly doesn’t look nearly as tired as he did a set ago. Finding his marks on his first serve again, he streaks into a 40-0 lead. Cilic forces an error with an angled backhand slice before Big Sam throws in only a second double of the match. It matters not as he extends his advantage with an ace.
QUERREY 7-6, 4-6, 6-7, 3-2 CILIC: Cilic puts the last game to the back of his mind, opening with a couple of aces en route to a comfortable love hold.
QUERREY 7-6, 4-6, 6-7, 3-1 CILIC: Cilic’s turn to start well, nailing a backhand winner. A low forehand at the feet of the approaching American gives Cilic an opening at 15-30 and an overhit smash brings two break back points. A monstrous forehand winner saves the first and Cilic squanders his chance by hitting a very makeable forehand wide. Two big serves later and that’s chance over!
QUERREY 7-6, 4-6, 6-7, 2-1 CILIC: BREAK! Querrey has a big chance of nailing a backhand winner on 15-15 but misses the line whilst taking on a second serve. Cilic shanks a backhand wide and forces Cilic to net a forehand on the stretch to bring up break point and another netted backhand puts the American ahead! Five sets now definitely on the cards.
QUERREY 7-6, 4-6, 6-7, 1-1 CILIC: Free hitting from Querrey and he lashes an angry looking forehand winner from his Babolat blade. Cilic is starting to get a read on the Querrey serve and he has a look at 30-30 before the American slams the door shut with successive aces. Good effort.
QUERREY 7-6, 4-6, 6-7, 0-1 CILIC: Serving first in what could be the final set is an advantage for Cilic and his tail is certainly up now. An ace that catches the outside edge of the line after a successful challenge helps him to a love hold. How much does Big Sam have left in the tank now?
QUERREY 7-6, 4-6, 6-7 CILIC: SET CILIC! The nerves aren’t showing early on as both players boom down huge serves. Cilic comes out on top of an extended rally on the sixth point and when Querrey threads a backhand just wide, the Croat grabs the vital mini break. Another netted backhand gives Cilic three set points and he grabs the advantage with a forehand winner into the open court. A set away from his first Wimbledon final and he looks the stronger player now.
QUERREY 7-6, 4-6, 6-6 CILIC: TIE BREAK! Cilic serving with new balls and seems to be bouncing them more than Novak Djokovic before he serves. A sign of tightness? Querrey applies pressure with a drop volley that spins at right angles like a Shane Warne leg break but can’t capitalise as Cilic holds to 15 with a 134mph ace. Into another tie break we go!
QUERREY 7-6, 4-6, 6-5 CILIC: Cilic gets into a rally on the opening point but wastes his opportunity with a wild forehand. It’s the only real opportunity he has as the American moves to within a game of the set.
QUERREY 7-6, 4-6, 5-5 CILIC: Big Sam sensing his opportunity perhaps. He opens with a forehand winner and Cilic suddenly looks tight. Another battle cry from the Croat greets a forehand winner and he comes through that very minor wobble to hold to 15 with an ace.
So little separating these centre court gladiators.
QUERREY 7-6, 4-6, 5-4 CILIC: Great hustling from Cilic sees him win the opening point with a forehand bang on the line. Querrey responds with an inside out forehand winner of his own but a lovely, feathered drop shot from the American and long backhand from Cilic puts him to within a game of the set.
QUERREY 7-6, 4-6, 4-4 CILIC: Cilic opens with a 15th ace and follows with his 16th, twice as many as Querrey. Quick as you like, it’s another love hold to level things up again.
QUERREY 7-6, 4-6, 4-3 CILIC: Querrey suddenly isn’t looking troubled on serve in the slightest. Crash, bang, whallop and it’s 40-0 in a heartbeat. Cilic responds with a forehand winner but Big Sam holds with an ace.
QUERREY 7-6, 4-6, 3-3 CILIC: One person who won’t be complaining if this goes 17-15 in the fifth again is Roger Federer. Should he beat Tomas, Berdych, of course! Cilic gets his act together again and holds comfortably to love and will surely be kicking himself that he didn’t do that the last time.
QUERREY 7-6, 4-6, 3-2 CILIC: Marin Cilic will be furious. From being in complete control against a leggy Querrey, the American finds himself re-energised after breaking back and he holds comfortably to 15. His most authoritative hold for a while.
QUERREY 7-6, 4-6, 2-2 CILIC: BREAK! Cilic benefits from a lucky net cord on the opening point and suddenly finds himself in trouble. A fine backhand return winner will have restored some confidence to Querrey and another forces the Croat to mishit wide. From nowhere, an errant Cilic forehand gives Querrey two break points and he converts the second with a backhand winner!
Marin Cilic is on a roll.
QUERREY 7-6, 4-6, 1-2 CILIC: BREAK! Big Sam continuing to look weary. He opens with a double fault and dumps a forehand into the net. Not moving as well as he was an hour ago, for sure. A horrible volley half way up the net gifts two break points. A tired 133mph ace saves the first but a Cilic forehand finds the line and he secures what could be a decisive break.
QUERREY 7-6, 4-6, 1-1 CILIC: Unlike his opponent, Cilic doesn’t appear to be struggling quite as much on serve. He looks physically the fresher too and races to another love hold.
QUERREY 7-6, 4-6, 1-0 CILIC: Big Sam is looking a wee bit leggy at the moment, hardly surprising given the amount of five setters he’s been through this fortnight. He dumps a forehand into the bottom of the net and hooks another horribly wide. Cilic is in complete command as he forces three break points. Two big serves save the first two and a neat drop volley the third as the American shows great resolve. A rasping forehand up the line pulls Cilic back to deuce but Querrey holds on. Big hold.
QUERREY 7-6, 4-6 CILIC: SET! The tape intervenes to keep the ball on Querrey’s side of the court and Cilic makes the most of his good fortune to race to a love hold and tie up the match. Are we going all the way again?
QUERREY 7-6, 4-5 CILIC: Cilic is in a bit of a zone at the moment, blasting his big groundies with authority. Querrey keeps his side of the bargain, though, holding to 30 to ask the serve it out question of Cilic.
QUERREY 7-6, 3-5 CILIC: That heavy racket of Cilic’s is now doing some damage, aided by some unforced errors from Sam Querrey. Solid serving and hitting and the Croat races to a love hold and to within a game of the set. It’s a Head Prestige, by the way. A 98 square inch head, 320g.
QUERREY 7-6, 3-4 CILIC: BREAK! A lovely whipped forehand pass earns Cilic the opening point and Querrey then hits a backhand long to give the Croat more hope at 0-30. Cilic is now starting to read the serve and screams in triumph again as a long forehand brings three break points. But Cilic is not to be denied this time, a backhand winner earning the first break of the match and, quite possibly, the set.
QUERREY 7-6, 3-3 CILIC: Half way through the second set and just when does Big Sam start to think about the enormity of this with a Wimbledon final at stake? Maybe soon as Cilic booms down some unreturnable serves to race to a quick hold. Ten aces now.
QUERREY 7-6, 3-2 CILIC: Cilic hits a good, deep opening return to force the error. Another cry of triumph comes from Cilic as Querrey hits long to bring up 0-30. An excellent volley and service ace restores parity but excellent rallying from the back of the court brings Cilic a break point. A netted return off the second serve sees the opportunity disappear and Cilic is furious. So he should be as Querrey hangs on. Big hold!
QUERREY 7-6, 2-2 CILIC: Cilic is still the bookmakers favourite to progress to the final despite being a set down. He serves with new balls and hangs in the opening rally with great defence but throws in a first double fault before recovering well to hold. The Croat still looking a little nervous to me.
QUERREY 7-6, 2-1 CILIC: Sam Querrey is still serving big and looking fresh despite already having three five set epics. He races to another love hold in under a minute to pile the pressure back on Cilic.
QUERREY 7-6, 1-1 CILIC: Querrey is made to rue another missed opportunity at the net on the opening point but it still appears as if Cilic is looking a little edgy, perhaps weighed down by expectation. He knows how to win a slam but this is Wimbledon. Two rare unforced errors off the forehand wing gives the American hope but the Croat holds on.
QUERREY 7-6, 1-0 CILIC: Is an upset on the cards? Most people probably would have picked Cilic before this match started and that still may well happen. No seventh seed has ever made it to a Wimbledon final, bizarrely. Querrey nets a regulation forehand but follows with a 133mph ace. But two unforced errors gift Cilic an early break point but he fails to convert and Querrey edges ahead.
QUERREY 7-6 CILIC: SET QUERREY! Cilic misses a huge chance to break early, two smash put away opportunities not taken but he responds with a forehand winner to make amends on the American’s serve. An ace consolidates the mini break but Querrey wins a cat and mouse net point to restore parity at 4-4 and then it’s the American who breaks as Cilic hits wide. Suddenly it’s breaks all over the place when there had been so few. Querrey earns the first set point but another ‘SOLIID!’ serve ensures the set goes on. Drama as a spectator falls over in the stands on the Cilic second serve at 6-6! The lady is escorted off and Cilic gets a first serve back. He makes it but misses a backhand to gift set point and he drags another wide.
QUERREY 6-6 CILIC: TIEBREAK! So guess what folks? That’s right, we’re into a tie break, as happens so often when this pair meets. A real coin toss, this one!
QUERREY 5-6 CILIC: A lovely approach and put away gets Cilic off and running but he then hits well long with a wild forehand. A cry of ‘Soliiiiiid!’ or something similar greets a rasping crosscourt forehand winner off the Head racket of Cilic and he backs it up with an ace. Querrey nets and Cilic is a game away from the set. Tiebreak though, surely!
QUERREY 5-5 CILIC: According to Brad Gilbert, it’s Yosamite Sam against County Cilic! Love his nicknames. Fedfan takes on the Birdman later. Meanwhile, it’s as you were here, Querrey holding with a big serve up the tee. A couple of opportunities missed for Cilic there when rallies developed.
QUERREY 4-5 CILIC: A shout of ‘come on Marin!’ from the crowd and I briefly mistook it for ‘come on Murray!’ But it’s the Scot’s conqueror who is on the wrong end of things in game 9, Cilic racing to another love hold with big serving and big hitting. An ace wraps things up.
QUERREY 4-4 CILIC: Big Sam serving with the benefit of new balls but a great return has him in trouble before Cilic nets a regulation forehand. Another ace is smashed down before a lovely backhand pass right at Cilic’s feet puts Querrey in control. Another ace and it’s all square again!
QUERREY 3-4 CILIC: Lovely play to set up a volley put away from Cilic on the opening point. Another move to the net results in a smash put away and Cilic really looks on his game today and it’s another trouble free hold for the 2014 US Open champion despite one sensationally struck backhand winner from the American.
QUERREY 3-3 CILIC: Last time these guys played at Wimbledon, it was 17-15 to Cilic in the fifth! Easy to see why as Querrey holds quickly to 15 despite Cilic winning the most entertaining rally of the match.
QUERREY 2-3 CILIC: As soon as these two get into a rally, it’s game on. Querrey comes out on top of one such exchange, cutting off a volley at the net. It’s a brief victory as Cilic holds to 15 with more huge serving.
QUERREY 2-2 CILIC: It’s FILA v FILA on centre court as a brief equipment geek aside! It’s also big serve versus big serve and Querrey is into his rhythm, holding to love. That was quick!
QUERREY 1-2 CILIC: Breaks of serve will be tough to come by today by the looks. Cilic bangs down successive aces en route to a love hold. That’s 109 aces in the tournament.
QUERREY 1-1 CILIC: A lovely wrong footing forehand back behind his man gets Big Sam off to a nice start on serve. A net cord then goes the way of Cilic before a sublime backhand pass gives him a look at 15-30 but Querrey recovers well with big serving to get him out of trouble. Cilic gets into a rally before a James Keothavong overrule goes against him and Querrey holds.
QUERREY 0-1 CILIC: A good start for the Croat. A winning backhand, big kicking second serve helps him to 40-0. Querrey gets into the game but then hits a backhand long and that’s the first game to Cilic.
Marin Cilic won the toss and elected to serve.
The players have made their way out onto centre court to a warm reception. This could be a match of few chances with the serve dominating. Get set for a long one!
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Only 15 minutes until the first of today’s semi-finalists step onto the hallowed ground of the centre court. Nerves will surely play a factor early on but Marin Cilic has been all the way in a grand slam before, winning the 2014 US Open. Check out the form guide of the two players so far this year.
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Marin Cilic is also a former Queens champion and the seventh seed is in great form, having ended the dream of veteran Gilles Muller in a five set battle. Aside from that, he is yet to drop a set in the tournament and came mighty close to knocking out Roger Federer in last year’s semi final.
The first of today’s matches is hugely difficult to pick. Querrey, the 24th seed, was mightily impressive in his five set victory over Andy Murray, albeit the world number one being hampered by a hip injury. But big Sam has pedigree on grass, a former Queens champion and also a winner against Novak Djokovic at SW19 last year. And he ousted big serving Kevin Anderson the in the fourth round and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the third round, yet again both over five sets.
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