Marin stops here his fantastic way to the quater after losing against Murray, n°3 in the world, 7/5 7/6 6/1.
The Scot had been tipped for a tough test against Cilic in the fourth round, with the Croatian having cut an impressive figure in his first three matches – progressing without the loss of a set. A focussed and improved performance from Murray dispelled any doubts though as he confidently booked his place in the quarter-finals with a third career win over Cilic.
After an early exchange of breaks, the players were largely inseparable in the first set – both playing well and taking care of their service games comfortably. Cilic, the youngest player remaining in the draw at 20 years of age, blinked first in the latter stages of the set – unforced errors creeping into the Croatian’s serve to grant Murray a crucial break of serve. The Scot then closed out the set with an ace after 48 minutes.
Murray stamped his authority early on the second set with a flicked forehand pass giving him a break advantage at 2-1. However, it was not enough for the Dunblane native to see out the set and as he produced a loose game at 4-3, Cilic was quick to capitalise and level the set. Murray had chances to regain the break, but ultimately had to settle for a tie-break in which his greater experience proved the difference as he clinched a two-set lead when Cilic hit long.
An increasingly frustrated Cilic – looking to reach his first Grand Slam quarter-final – struggled to stay competitive with Murray in the third set as the Scot raced out to a 4-0 lead as Cilic’s forehand broke down. The Zagreb resident continued to chip away at Murray and was rewarded with one of the breaks back, but the Scot immediately rectified his error by breaking to lead 5-1 and closed out victory after two hours and 31 minutes as Cilic fired a forehand long.