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David Ferrer sent packing by Marin Cilic

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Originally published on 26/02/10 11:24

The 66 20-year-old played an impressive game. He took the first set 7-6 (7-5 in the tiebreak) and then breezed through 6-3, 6-4.

For a tall player he moved around the court well, taking his chances and approaching the net where he frustrated the 26 year-old Spaniard. David Ferrer has reached the last 16 of the Australian Open for the last three years but it wasnt to be four. At one point in the second set he bounced his Prince racket on the court and in a separate little tanty tugged at his light blue shirt. It was clearly not his day.

The Margaret Court Arena was almost full and Cilic, who served for and converted his first match point, was quick to acknowledge his fans afterwards. One of his lucky supporters caught the towel that he threw to them before departing the court for his press conference.

David Ferrer held his press conference literally within milliseconds of coming off court. So fast in fact that I couldnt catch him. I was on my way back to the media workroom from the court. He apparently answered a few English questions and spoke to the Spanish press and then departed for his 5pm flight.

This was their first meeting and it was a great win for Cilic, who defeated Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-2, 6-7,6-3 in the first round and Janko Tipsarevic 6-2, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in the second.

Cilic is definitely a man in form. He won his second career title at Chennai just two weeks ago and reached a career high ranking of No.20 last week. Two of the last three winners of the Chennai title have gone on to reach the quarter-finals here: Ivan Ljubicic in 2006 and Mikhael Youzhny last year the furthest that a Chennai winner has gone in the Australian Open.

Cilic will meet the No.8 seed Argentine Juan Martin del Potro in the fourth round.

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