Cilic edges Rublev in epic battle to set up French Open semi-final with Ruud

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  • Marin Cilic wins 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (2) after decisive tie-break
  • Casper Ruud beats Holger Rune 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3 in late game

Just a year ago, as Marin Cilic fell outside of the top 40 and seemed to lose against a lesser player every week, it was not easy to envision him rebounding back to the very top of his sport. But this year at the French Open he has done so, reaching the semi-final here for the first time in his career by defeating Andrey Rublev, the seventh seed, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(2) in one of the best matches of the tournament so far.

“The win comes from being me, I played that kind of tennis the whole match, especially the fifth set was an incredible battle,” Cilic said after the match. The Croatian’s next opponent will be Casper Ruud, after the No 8 seed beat Holger Rune 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3 in the night session on Court Philippe-Chatrier.

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Written by Tumaini Carayol at Roland Garros
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/jun/01/cilic-defeats-rublev-in-five-sets-to-reach-french-open-last-four-for-first-time under the title “Cilic edges Rublev in epic battle to set up French Open semi-final with Ruud”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.