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Published  June 24, 2018

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2018 Final
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US Open
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Cincinnati SF Highlights 2016 Saturday

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Published  August 21, 2016

Watch highlights as Andy Murray, Milos Raonic, Marin Cilic and Grigor Dimitrov to battle in the Cincinnati SFs. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com. Photo: Getty Images
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Cilic Battles Past Dimitrov Into First Masters 1000 Final

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Published  August 21, 2016

Marin Cilic laid it all on the line in a 1:35am finish at the Western & Southern Open as he battled into his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final with a 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory over Grigor Dimitrov.

“It’s a big win for me, first time in a Masters 1000 final,” said Cilic, who will face World No. 2 Andy Murray. “I’m looking forward to it. I’m feeling good on the court. I played great this week. I’m excited to be in the final playing against Andy. He is in great form, playing great tennis. I hope tomorrow I’ll play a good match and I know I’ll have a good chance if I play well.”

At 27, Cilic is looking to become the youngest first-time winner of an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown. The right-hander, who this week announced that Jonas Bjorkman will start as his new coach in New York, had previously fallen in all eight quarter-final showings at this level.

After Wimbledon champion Murray had notched his 22nd straight tour win over Milos Raonic in the first Cincinnati semi-final, rain pushed Cilic’s contest with Dimitrov into the early hours of Saturday morning.

Both players were searching for milestone moments in their careers, but it was Cilic who seized the opportunity, rallying from 2-4 down in the final set. The Croat reeled off four straight points from 0/30 to break Dimitrov at 5-5 and served out victory after two hours and 24 minutes.

“It was a Kings Island of a match,” said Cilic, referring to the iconic rollercoasters across the road from the Lindner Family Tennis Center. “It was definitely a tough match in grueling, heavy conditions. We obviously waited a long time, starting at 11:28pm. Mentally it was not easy. I was not playing too well today. I didn’t find the rhythm on my serve and I was just trying to stay in there in the third set and manage physically.

“[At 2-4] I was trying to give myself some positive thoughts to bounce back. I felt that I was close to playing better. I was just missing by small margins, so I focused on putting the ball in play a bit more and waiting for the right opportunity. I returned well on those occasions and it paid off.”

The 2014 US Open champion Cilic will attempt to overturn a 2-11 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Murray as he searches for his first victory over the Scot since Rotterdam 2014.

Cilic is chasing his 15th tour-level title, having only lifted two trophies since his US Open triumph, both in Moscow (2014-15). This year, Cilic has finished runner-up in Marseille (l. to Kyrgios) and Geneva (l. to Wawrinka). He has a 32-17 match record in 2016.


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Cilic Reacts To Cincinnati SF Win 2016

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Published  August 21, 2016

Marin Cilic reacts to his late-night semi-final victory over Grigor Dimitrov at the Western & Southern Open. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.
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Murray Fires Into Cincy Final With Aplomb

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Published  August 21, 2016

Andy Murray overcame a wet start to semi-final Saturday at the Western & Southern Open to book his spot in the championship for a third time.

The two-time Cincinnati champion (2008, ’11) prevailed 6-3, 6-3 over fourth seed Milos Raonic, extending his career-long unbeaten run to 22 straight matches. It marks the 33rd straight ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event that has featured a member of the Big Four in the final.

As it has all week, the rain steadily coated the Lindner Family Tennis Center Murray on Saturday. Murray and Raonic only played four points before the skies opened once again, halting the action for 12 minutes with the Scot holding two break points at 15/40. He would waste no time in snatching the quick lead upon resumption, breaking immediately with a dipping cross-court forehand that caught Raonic out of position.

Murray would overcome deficits in each of his first three service games, surviving a pair of break points in the process. His second serve defense was on song in claiming 67 per cent of such points in the 52-minute opener. The top seed continued to apply press on the Raonic serve in the latter stages, breaking to secure the first set and converting another break in the eighth game of the second. After letting a pair of match points slip while serving for it at 5-3, he would regroup to seal the victory after 90 minutes. A sublime drop volley clinched his spot in the final.

Murray, who fired 18 winners and saved all three break points faced, notched his fifth FedEx ATP Head2Head victory over Raonic this year, extending his overall lead to 8-3. Raonic, who was struck 31 unforced errors, was bidding to leap to a career-high World No. 3 in the Emirates ATP Rankings with a win. Murray played the role of spoiler for a third time this year, after stopping the Canadian in his quest to reach a first Grand Slam final at the Australian Open and win his maiden major title at Wimbledon.

The Dunblane native, who joined the ‘600 Wins Club’ earlier in the week, will play for a third Cincinnati title and 13th at the Masters 1000 level against either Grigor Dimitrov or Marin Cilic. He previously defeated Novak Djokovic in the final in both 2008 and ’11.


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Murray Runs Everything Down Against Raonic In Cincinnati 2016

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Published  August 21, 2016

Watch Hot Shot as Andy Murray absorbs Milos Raonic’s power, then hits a winner against the Canadian. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.
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Mayer Continues Challenger Dominance In Meerbusch

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Published  August 21, 2016

When Florian Mayer made a return from injury this spring, not even he could have anticipated how successful his first few months back would be.

The 32-year-old German began competing again this April after missing seven months due to a torn right adductor tendon. Prior to that, a hip injury took him out for nearly a year before he returned to tennis in April 2015. But now that Mayer is fully healthy, he’s showing the form that once took him inside the Top 20 of the Emirates ATP Rankings.

After winning his first ATP World Tour title in five years at the Halle Weber Open in June, Mayer prevailed last week at the ATP Challenger Tour event in Portoroz, Slovenia. Coming in as the top seed at this week’s Challenger in Meerbusch, Germany, Mayer has raced to the final without losing a set, only dropping an average of five games per match.

“I’d never heard of Meerbusch before coming here, but the conditions here are really good,” said Mayer. “It’s like family here. I like it when it’s quiet and not so hectic.

Although Mayer admitted his previous injuries woes were frustrating, the time off has given him renewed energy. His most recent stint away from the tour was the first time since turning pro in 2001 that he was able to take his thoughts away from tennis or rehabbing an injury.

“It was the first time I could come down completely. I took a lot of vacations and spent time with friends,” said Mayer. “For three or four months, I had nothing to do with tennis. I didn’t even look to see what was happening at the tournaments. But it was what I needed.”

Currently ranked No. 73 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, Mayer can only continue to climb since he has no ranking points to defend for the next eight months. But the German said that while his Emirates ATP Ranking is in a good place, he can’t take anything for granted when he plays Challenger events.

“Working your way back up is brutal,” said Mayer. “Everyone in these tournaments has a powerful serve and huge groundstrokes, so you sometimes have to endure the early losses.”


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Raonic Covers The Entire Court In Cincinnati 2016 SF

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Published  August 21, 2016

Watch Hot Shot as Milos Raonic extends the point with heroic retrieving against Andy Murray. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com. Photo: Getty Images
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