Del Potro, Cilic Even As Rain Postpones QF

  • Posted: Jun 06, 2018

Del Potro, Cilic Even As Rain Postpones QF

Two meeting for the 13th time

Juan Martin del Potro and Marin Cilic are even at 6-6, 5/5 in the first set as rain has postponed their Roland Garros quarter-final until Thursday. Cilic did well to avoid danger while serving at 5-5, 0/30, when rain first suspended their match. The Croatian recovered, saving three break points to hold for the sixth straight time.

The two are meeting for the 13th time in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series. Del Potro leads 10-2, including all four matchups on clay and three of four at Grand Slams. Del Potro won their 2012 Roland Garros third-round match in straight sets.

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Three years earlier, the 6’6” Argentine made his first Grand Slam semi-final at Roland Garros. He’s looking to return to the last four in Paris for the first time since then.

Cilic has reached all three other Grand Slam title matches – 2014 US Open (d. Nishikori); 2017 Wimbledon (l. to Federer); and 2018 Australian Open (l. to Federer). But the one-time Grand Slam champion is trying to reach his first Roland Garros semi-final and secure his first Top 10 win at the clay-court championship (0-7 at Roland Garros; 9-21 at Grand Slams).

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