Marin Cilic continues impressive Queen’s Club record
Former US Open champion Marin Cilic has continued his impressive record at the Queen’s club after he beat Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori in straight sets to reach the semi-finals in London for the sixth time.
The Croat came through a closely contested affair against the Finnish qualifier, wrapping up victory in one hour and 48 minutes with the score reading 7-6(2), 6-4.
The 33-year-old dominated on his serve hitting 11 aces as well as taking control in baseline rallies with his typically powerful ground-strokes.
The win extended the Croat’s stellar record at the ATP 500 grass-court event, with Cilic having lifted the trophy in 2012 and 2018.
Thanks to the win, the former Wimbledon finalist has 35 wins at The Queen’s Club – the most of any active player.
By beating the 23-year-old Ruusuvuori it also meant that the Croatian has registered his 80th grass-court career win.
Reflecting on reaching the milestone, Cilic said that the key to his success on grass was the consistent effort and dedication throughout his career.
He told reporters in a recent interview, “I am taking it step by step. I am trying to keep my form up and my level.
“Every match is a challenge. I am focusing and taking it step by step. Getting to 80 wins did not come overnight. It took a lot of years and training and matches. Hopefully there will be many more wins.”
The seventh seed in the tournament will be looking to claim a 21st ATP tour title at the Cinch Championships this week and his first of 2022.
Up next, Marin Cilic is set to play Filip Krajinovic.
The Serbian ended British wild card Ryan Peniston’s dream run winning in three sets 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
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