Although Marin Čilič qualified for his first final four participations in Roland Garros at the age of 33, the humble actions of his opponent left an indelible mark on the tournament.
Čilič gave 33 aces to get into the final four on Roland-Garros for the first time, when in a 4-hour, 10-minute test of strength and will.
Amid an emotional brawl in which the 2014 US Open champion crushed 88 winners, Rublev left the tennis world confused by his random acts of kindness during the match.
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The Russian twice demonstrated incredible sporting behavior in the fifth set, indicated at the beginning of the tiebreak that one of Čilič’s strikes was indeed present, and earlier volunteered for 1 to play a point after Čilič complained that the called shot touched the line.
“No! No! No! No! Please!” said Cilic.
“Please! No! No! No! The ball touches the line. The ball touches the line! Please!”
Rublev then raised the racket to recognize the point, despite records showing that the ball was out and that the opening referee was in fact correct.
In a comment for Eurosport, John McEnroe was confused by Rublev’s gestures.
“It’s interesting because Rublev circled a mark that looked out, but then he turned around and gave it to Chilic,” McEnroe said.
“I don’t even know how to answer that, but nicely done!
“He originally circled a sign that probably indicated he was out! But still.”
The audience showed their appreciation and the Rublevs applauded, while Čilič was full of praise after the match.
“Andrey played incredibly well and it was an incredible fair play performance on the court,” he said.
“Lots of hearts.”
Čilič reduced Rublev’s career in the main quarterfinals to 0-5. This was partly due to his stunning ability to strike with passes and strokes for the winners – a total of 88, which is more than double the total of 35 Rublev.
“It was emotionally difficult because he played some matches very well,” said Čilič. “When you play for so long, there are always ups and downs, so I had to concentrate.”
The Croatian is the fifth active man to complete a complete set of at least one semi-final run at all four straw events, alongside Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray, each in first place and winning. more fields.
Čilič was the runner-up behind Federer at Wimbledon in 2017 and at the Australian Open in 2018; the last was Čilič’s last trip to the Slam semifinals.
Cilic will compete for No. 8 Casper Ruud in the final. The second men’s semifinal is 13-time champion Rafael Nadal, who eliminated Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals, against No. 3 Alexander Zverev.
Either way, Cilic will have a great advantage in experience. His opponent will have youth on his side, one way or another: Ruud is only 23.
It doesn’t matter. Cilic is feeling well these days.
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When he had a physical examination at the end of 2021, he said his doctor told him, “Your body is about 25.”
Continued Cilic: “Don’t tell my wife I’m saying that, (but) maybe I’ll play for another 10 years.”
All jokes aside, he said, “How long? We’ll see. But definitely three or four years, if I can be so competitive. “
Under the agreement between the four grand slam hosts to standardize one element of the sport, this is the first time Roland-Garros has used a tiebreak in the fifth sets of men’s matches – and in the third sets of women’s matches.
Čilič ran first-to-10 against Rublev and collected the last nine points of the match after losing 2: 1 in the tiebreak.
198cm Cilic has one of the largest services on tour and drove them at speeds of up to 214 km / h with an average speed of 199 km / h.
He came up with three aces in a tiebreak.
“He earned almost all the important points with his submission,” Rublev said, “and it was really, really hard to read or return.
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