Roland Garros Crisis Center, Day 8

Sunday, May 31, 2009 /by

Cilic

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Morning, all. Please discuss today's matches here. The Order of Play can be found on this link. TW's commenting activity is hotting up as the fourth round begins today, so we will be providing you with a series of Overflow posts. These will be accessed through a link to be provided at the top of the current post.

The most intriguing match of the day for me is second on Court Suzanne Lenglen. Andy Murray is 2-0 against Marin Cilic in their head-to-head to date, but their matches could hardly have been closer. I was there in person to witness the first one of those matches, when they played a Davis Cup match on Court 1 at Wimbledon back in 2007; it was a demanding battle that Murray, returning after injury,  eventually won 6-3 in the fifth, with a huge amount of help from the crowd. They also met in Madrid in 2008 (when it was played indoors): Murray, who went on to win the title, won 7-5 7-6(2). They have never yet played each other on clay, and unlike Murray, Cilic has yet to lose a set this fortnight. The latter's record at Slams is pretty good - he's reached the fourth round at six of the ten Slams he's played, including the current one, though he's never gone beyond it. Murray's Slam record has included a quarterfinal and a final in it, but, unlike Cilic, he's never gone this far in the Roland Garros draw before.

As always, enjoy today's tennis. I expect that we'll be hearing from Pete sooner rather than later, as he should be arriving in Paris today.

-- Rosangel Valenti


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