So far evening session and Roland Garros they were quite successful. Rhythm, atmosphere, exciting matches … Until Monday, May 30, when Daniil Medvedev and Marin Čilič met on the central court. Because their first clay confrontation didn’t inspire many people.
Archi dominated for more than 1 hour and 30 minutes and had no illusions against the set twenty and lost in three sets in a row (6-2, 6-3, 6-2). The world number two was just a shadow of itself under the stunned eyes of its French coach Gilles Cervara. His hernia surgery at the beginning of April is undoubtedly unrelated to this challenging evening; Medvedev has not been able to prepare best for this season. Last year, the quarterfinalist logically gave up the ticket for the next round to the Croatian, who defeated Gilles Simon in the previous round.
1. For the first time in his career @cilic_marin dominated Top 10 member on Roland Garros! The Croatian lost the first 10 matches when he was against him in the Top 10 #Roland Garros (won only 3 sets out of 33 disputed). pic.twitter.com/Tvwy6ERgW0
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The number 20, carried by its first service ball (88% of the points scored in the first service), showed consistency against a completely defeated opponent. Marin Čilič will challenge Andrey Rublev, number seven, to take a place in the last four of the Porte d’Auteuil.
But before that, the match between the two men was more promising. The first break of the match at 3: 2 in favor of the Croatian was the first break. After a Danish exchange of more than 20 shots, Cilic won the pass and offered the first opportunity to take the opponent’s serve. Rus’s unforced backhand error then gave him an advantage that materialized a few minutes later (6: 2, 29th minute of play).
The next two sets then experienced the same scenario: a quick and easy break in favor of the Croatian, which developed, which was contributed to by too many unforced errors of the opponent (28 for the whole match), was already common sense.
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In the mixed zone, Marin Čilič looked back on his first victory against Daniil Medvedev: “I feel good about Madrid [où il avait battu Albert Ramos-Vinolas avant de s’incliner en trois sets face à Alexander Zverev], tonight I felt good on the court, I moved well, I strategically respected what I wanted to introduce. After an easy victory in the first set and a break in the second, I remained focused. Against Andrew [Rublev] it will be a different game. We know each other very well, it won’t be easy. “
The Croatian will not start again as a favorite against the player who leads 4 wins against him 2. But this time he will be able to rely on some other reasons for hope. His level of play has taken on a whole new dimension on the surface since the beginning of the tournament. And other statistics can boost his confidence: the only time two men opposed each other was he won (4-6, 7-6, 6-1, Geneva in 2015).