Marin Cilic withdraws from Wimbledon after testing positive for COVID-19

Former Wimbledon finalist Marin Cilic has withdrawn from this year’s tournament after testing positive for COVID-19.

The 2017 runner-up was due to launch his 14th campaign at SW19 against Mackenzie McDonald on Tuesday.

And the Croatian was in fine form having already reached the semi-finals of the French Open and Cinch Championship this month.

But the 14th seed revealed on Twitter that an ongoing battle with COVID had left him with no choice but to pull out of the season’s third Slam.

“Hey guys, I am sad to share that I tested positive for COVID,” he told his 175,700 followers.

“I have been self-isolating and was hopeful I would be ready but unfortunately, I am still feeling unwell and unable to compete at my best.

“I am heartbroken to be missing Wimbledon and to see my grass season end this way.

“Looking forward to competing again next year.”

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Rafael Nadal booked his place in a 14th French Open final after Alexander Zverev was forced to retire injured from their last-four clash on Friday.

A thoroughly gripping contest was unfolding at Roland Garros, where birthday boy Nadal had taken a mammoth opening set 7-6(8) after 91 minutes.

The Spaniard, who turned 36 on Friday, had just forced a second successive tie-break as the match entered its fourth hour when Zverev suffered a horrific fall on his right ankle.

A harrowing yell echoed around Chatrier as the German was immediately tended to by the medical team, before leaving the court in a wheelchair.

The third seed subsequently returned on crutches a few minutes later to reluctantly concede; making Nadal the oldest male finalist at Roland Garros since William Tilden in 1930.

Appearing in his fifth Grand Slam semi-final, Zverev made a confident start by breaking Nadal in the opening game on the way to leading 4-2.

Although, he was forced to rescue three set points after his opponent broke back to edge 5-4 ahead. The third seed then surged into a 6-2 lead in the tie-break, but saw four set points go begging as Nadal clung on before drawing first blood.

The 13-time champion had prevailed in 269 of his previous 276 matches when winning the opening set in a Slam.

He would continue that impressive record, but only after an equally tight second set that also went to a tie-break after Zverev had led 4-2.

And the 25-year-old’s wait for a maiden Slam goes on following his untimely fall – after which he was unable to place any weight on his right foot.

Through to major final number 30, Nadal will face Casper Ruud after the Norwegian advanced to his first such showpiece.

The eighth seed beat Marin Cilic 3-6 6-4 6-2 6-2 to become the first male player from his country to reach the final of a Slam – and first from Scandinavia since Sweden’s Robin Soderling in 2010.

Ruud was broken twice in the opening set by Cilic, who was the fifth active player on the ATP tour to appear in the semi-finals of all four Slams.

But unforced errors plagued the former US Open champion, who registered 56 throughout the contest.

Ruud capitalised by levelling before seizing control by breaking opponent twice in the third set.

Although play was temporarily suspended due to a protester evading security, the Norwegian’s momentum could not be stopped as he breezed through to a first major Championship match.

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Casper Ruud and Marin Cilic will go head-to-head in the Semi-Finals of the 2022 French Open at Roland Garros on Friday.

Ruud has been in excellent shape over the past month, having won the title in Geneva and then five consecutive matches here at the French Open. The Norwegian has already won two titles this year and did well to reach his maiden Masters 1000 final in Miami.

Ruud has suffered an early exit in last year’s French Open but has enjoyed a lot of success on clay since then. He has won six titles on this surface in the last one year and a half and holds a record of 29 wins and just 3 defeats on this surface.

Meanwhile, Cilic had a pretty comfortable route to the Semi-Finals of this year’s French Open, the sole exception being his Quarter-Final match against Andrey Rublev.

The Croat was one set down at some point during the match and needed five sets in order to win the clash, including a long tie-breaker in the decisive set.

Although Cilic has been on the circuit for a long time now, this is his first Semi-Final appearance at Roland Garros. With his victory over Rublev, he became the first active non-big-four player to register a Semi-Final result in all four Grand Slams.

Our prediction for this clash is Over 38.5 Games at odds of 5/6 with Bet365.

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Marin Cilic is through to his first Grand Slam semi-final in four years after overcoming Andrey Rublev in a last-eight thriller at the French Open on Wednesday.

The former US Open champion prevailed 5-7 6-3 6-4 3-6 7-6(2) in a highly entertaining clash on Chatrier that lasted four hours and 10 minutes.

Cilic becomes the fifth active player on the ATP tour to reach at least the semi-finals of all four majors after Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray.

The 32-year-old, who hit a whopping 88 winners, is also the first Croatian male to progress to the last four at Roland Garros since Ivan Ljubicic in 2006.

Targeting his maiden semi-final appearance at a Slam at the fifth attempt, Rublev drew first blood in a 58-minute opener.

But Cilic, who stunned second seed Daniil Medvedev in straight sets in round four, hit back by winning the next two sets.

Rublev responded to force a decider, in which the seventh seed saved match point as the contest went to a tie-break.

But it was one-way traffic thereon as Cilic dominated to book a last-four date with Casper Ruud.

The Norwegian secured his place in a Slam semi-final for the first time after defeating Danish teenager Holger Rune, who stunned 2021 runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas in the previous round, 6-1 4-6 7-6(2) 6-3.

Earlier in the day, Iga Swiatek extended her winning streak to 33 matches – a tally now only bettered by Serena and Venus Williams on the WTA tour since 2000.

The world number one, who celebrated her 21st birthday on Tuesday, took just 89 minutes to wrap up a commanding 6-3 6-2 victory over Jessica Pegula.

The next challenger to Swiatek’s streak will be Daria Kasatkina, who advanced to her first Slam semi-final after seeing off Veronika Kudermetova 6-4 7-6(5).

The 20th seed is still yet to drop a set during her record-breaking run, and has now won 12 matches on clay in 2022; her joint-best tally for a single season.

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French Open 2022 Day 11 Results

Wednesday June 1

Quarter-Finals

COURT PHILIPPE-CHATRIER
Veronika Kudermetova 4-6 6-7(5) Daria Kasatkina
Iga Swiatek 6-3 6-2 Jessica Pegula
Andrey Rublev 7-5 4-6 3-6 6-3 6-7(2) Marin Cilic
Casper Ruud 6-1 4-6 7-6(2) 6-3 Holger Rune

Andrey Rublev will take on 20th seed Marin Cilic in the Quarter-Finals of the 2022 French Open at Roland Garros on Wednesday.

Rublev has played against a couple of clay specialists in the last three rounds. He has dropped a set in each of his four matches on Parisian clay so far, although he didn’t meet any top 10 players.

Rublev can consider himself lucky after his match against Jannik Sinner in the round of 16. The Italian had an amazing start and won the first set 6-1 before breaking down physically. Eventually, Sinner retired in the early stages of the third set and Rublev is now in the Quarter-Finals.

This is not the first time when Rublev has reached the Quarter-Finals of the French Open, as he was beaten in straight sets by Tsitsipas at this stage back in 2020.

On the contrary, Cilic is having an impressive French Open campaign so far, having dropped just one set in four matches. In the round of 16, Cilic did well to defeat Daniil Medvedev in straight sets, while actually dropping just seven games.

The Croat is now just one win away to register his best result in the French Open, which is actually the only Grand Slam where he is yet to reach the final.

Cilic has won at least 30 matches in all four Grand Slams and this makes him the first player among non-big-four players to have won this amount of fixtures.

Our prediction for this match is Over 37.5 Games at odds of 3/4 with Bet365.

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Karen Khachanov and Marin Cilic will go toe-to-toe in the quarterfinals of the 2022 Qatar Open on Thursday at 16.30pm (UK Time).

Karen Khachanov began his 2022 Qatar Open adventure with two comfortable victories against McDonald and Ruusuvuori. Furthermore, he is yet to drop a set here. That being said, Karen is now in the quarterfinal in Doha for the first time in his three attempts.

Karen’s best performance on hard courts was back in August 2021 when he finished as runner-up to Zverev at the Olympics. The only time he managed to win three games in a row on hard courts since then was in Adelaide a month ago.

On the flip side, Marin Cilic has had a solid start to the year with eight victories under his belt in 11 matches. After losing to Felix Auger-Aliassime in the 4th round of the Australian Open, Cilic did well to win in straight sets against Van De Zandschulp in the first round here in Doha.

Cilic is in great shape at the moment and the recent results speak for himself. Actually, this will be his third consecutive quarterfinal appearance in 2022. The last time he achieved this record was back in 2018.

This should be a close contest with Over 22.5 Games at odds of 8/11 with Bet365.

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US Open hopeful Dominic Thiem faces former champion Marin Cilic for a place in the last 16 in New York on Saturday.

Thiem vs Cilic is live from New York on Saturday 5 September, 8.30pm local/1.30am BST

Second-seeded Dominic Thiem has breezed through the first two rounds at the 2020 US Open, being played behind closed doors in New York, but the Australian Open finalist has yet to be meaningfully tested.

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The 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic has never beaten Thiem, nor has he exhibited inspiring form for the past season or so, but the big-serving Croatian will never be a player to be disregarded. Could he turn the clock back on Arthur Ashe Stadium?

Read on for our preview, predictions and live streaming information.

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Thiem vs Cilic: Head-to-head

Dominic Thiem has a 2-0 record against Marin Cilic. The Austrian has also won the last four sets they played against each other.

The most recent match between Thiem and Cilic was at the Canada Masters in 2019. Thiem won 7-6(7), 6-4.

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Dominic Thiem got his first completed match win since the ATP Tour resumed over Sumit Nagal at the US Open on Thursday, beating the Indian 6-3, 6-3, 6-2, but it still feels difficult to get a real handle on the Austrian’s form – he has yet to face a real test, having progressed past Jaume Munar in the first round when the Spaniard retired trailing 6-7(6), 3-6.

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Marin Cilic might provide a real test, as a three-time Grand Slam finalist and former US Open champion who has been ranked as high as world no. 3 in his time. His current ranking of world no. 38 reflects a lacklustre 2019 season, in which he nevertheless made the last 16 at the Australian and US Opens; he also made the last 16 at the Australian Open in January, ousting seeds Benoit Paire and Roberto Bautista Agut on the way, despite not having played very well in the run-up to the tournament nor its aftermath.

Marin Cilic has played nine sets in two matches at the US Open so far (PA Images)

Cilic lost his only warm-up match for the US Open 3-6, 3-6 to Denis Shapovalov, but has been playing himself into form – or something like it – with lengthy early matches against two players ranked outside the top 100, coming back from two sets down to beat world no. 111 Denis Kudla before beating world no. 104 Norbert Gombos in four.

Having to struggle like that against Challenger players doesn’t look great for Cilic’s chances against a top-5 player like Thiem; Cilic is actually on an eight-match losing streak against top-5 players since beating Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open in 2018. The Croatian’s big serve and powerful groundstrokes off both wings will always command respect, but unless he can figure out a way to consistently attack the net and punish Thiem for hanging miles behind the baseline, he’s going to find himself outlasted and outslugged by the Austrian’s ability to generate immense power from defensive court positioning. Given that their only recent-ish meeting was 13-10 by games, I would anticipate a tight straight-sets win for Thiem or perhaps a triumph for the Austrian in four sets.

Thiem vs Cilic: Prediction