Cilic Ousts Berdych; Chardy Closes In On Best Grand Slam Result
by ATP Staff|
Marin Cilic denied Tomas Berdych his 100th Grand Slam match win on Friday at Wimbledon. The 26th-seeded Croatian knocked out the No. 6 seed and 2010 runner-up 7-6(5), 6-4, 7-6(6) in fading light, concluding on Court No. 3 at 9:38 pm.
"I was very fortunate to be able to win that one," said Cilic. "It was very close, especially that third set. I have to say that Tomas stayed in the match unbelievably mentally.
"I was putting a lot of pressure on him on his serves, and many of his service games I had Love-30, 15-30, a lot of opportunities, small ones. But he was able to always play some great points and he pushed me until the limit."
Cilic struck 46 winners, including 20 aces, and capitalised on three of his 14 break point chances. He improved to a 2-0 mark against Berdych on grass, including his victory last year at The Queen's Club, and to a 3-5 mark in their overall FedEx ATP Head2Head series.
"Marin played really well," said Berdych. "I had some tactics, some strategy what to bring to the game. I kind of know what to expect from him. He's done it really well."
Cilic previously reached the Wimbledon fourth round in 2008 (l. to Clement) and '12 (l. to Murray), and will attempt to reach the quarter-finals for the first time when he next faces Jeremy Chardy.
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Chardy saved all five break points he faced against Sergiy Stakhovsky to reach the fourth round of The Championships for the first time with a 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-0 win.
Chardy's best performance at a major came at the 2013 Australian Open, when he advanced to the quarter-finals (l. to Murray).
The Frenchman has reached one ATP World Tour semi-final at Brisbane (l. to Federer) and four quarter-finals this year. He beat Federer 1-6, 6-3, 7-6(6) in the Internazionali BNL d’Italia second round in Rome last month.
Stakhovsky, who is ranked 48 places lower than Chardy at No. 90 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, beat No. 10-ranked Ernests Gulbis in this year’s second round.