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Cilic Survives In Five

New York, U.S.A.

Cilic© AFP/Getty ImagesMarin Cilic is into the US Open quarter-finals for the third time.

Marin Cilic fought from a set down to beat Gilles Simon 5-7, 7-6(3), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 on Tuesday in the US Open fourth round. It was Cilic’s first win in five meetings with Simon, avenging the five-set loss he suffered when they met in the Australian Open second round.

The 14th-seeded Cilic is through to the quarter-finals at Flushing Meadows for the third time and will challenge sixth seed Tomas Berdych.

"Tomas is a very dangerous player. He's very consistent throughout the year," noted Cilic. "He's always pushing you to play your best to actually beat him. I hope I'm going to be on a good level of tennis if we are going to match up.

"He's not unbeatable, but definitely very tough task," Cilic added. "But for the quarter-finals of a major, I think for both of us this is a good opportunity."

Cilic is attempting to reach his first Grand Slam semi-final since making the last four at the 2010 Australian Open (l. to Murray). The 25 year old is through to his second major quarter-final in a row, after reaching the last eight at Wimbledon, where he lost a five-set contest with eventual champion Novak Djokovic.

"I'm playing more consistent in this last four, five months. I think overall I have improved my game and I learned to play with a new style," said Cilic. "I'm serving a bit better than I used to a couple of years ago. I definitely needed some matches just to find my game, to find out what to do in the court, how I feel in the court, and I feel now that it's really in a good spot."

Coached by 2001 Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic, Cilic has compiled a 44-16 record this season and is just three wins away from securing the 300th tour-level victory of his career (297-162 record).

His success this season has seen Cilic win ATP World Tour titles in Zagreb (d. Haas) and Delray Beach (d. Anderson). He also finished runner-up to Berdych in Rotterdam.

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