Tennis – Australian Open 2019: Cilic’s Fightback, Nadal, Federer Into The Next Round
Marin Cilic delivered an electrifying rebound to beat Fernando Verdasco in five sets at the Australian Open on Friday.
6th seed Cilic was taking off in the third round as he trailed after two sets, however a mix of his assurance and Verdasco’s iniquity turned the match on its head.
Rafael Nadal had little trouble as he crushed Alex de Minaur in straight sets, while Roger Federer was comparatively predominant against Taylor Fritz.
Marin Cilic has just won an epic against Fernando Verdasco at the Australian Open! 👏
✅Fought back from 2-0 down!
✅Over four hours of play!
✅Saved match points!
— Betfred (@Betfred) January 18, 2019
Frances Tiafoe guaranteed there remains an American in the men’s draw, however, as he crushed Andreas Seppi. Grigor Dimitrov will currently go up against Tiafoe subsequent to beating Thomas Fabbiano in three sets.
Federer will confront Stefanos Tsitsipas, who thumped out Nicoloz Basilashvili.
Having just observed Cilic cut into his two-set lead, Verdasco still had a gigantic chance to secure an agitated success in the fourth-set tiebreak. Serving for the match, he twofold blamed.
Roger Federer cruised through the first 3 rounds of the #AustralianOpen2019 without dropping a set.
His 35 Grand Slam appearances without dropping a set through three rounds are the most by any man in the Open Era. pic.twitter.com/VqOGJYZAXQ
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 18, 2019
The Spaniard looked disheartened, swinging to his container for an answer that was not imminent. Starting there onwards, it appeared to be unavoidable that Cilic would total an improbable turnaround.
Cilic rose a 4-6 3 6-1 7-6 (10-8) 6-3 victor following four hours and 18 minutes to end the night in style at Margaret Court Arena, setting up a gathering with Roberto Bautista Agut in which he just should begin more grounded.
The future looks bright.
Disappointment for #DeMon against Nadal in Round 3 but a lot of positives to take from his start to the year ahead of a packed rest of 2019.#PlayTheUnplayable#ASICSTennis
📷 C Dubreuil pic.twitter.com/22xBRIZ6zC
— ASICS Tennis (@ASICSTennis) January 18, 2019
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