Marin Cilic continues to impress Queen’s Club record | UKTN


Marin Cilic continued his love affair with the Cinch Championships on Friday, overcoming Finnish qualifier Emil Ruusuvuori 7-6(2), 6-4 to reach the semi-finals in London for the sixth time.

The Croatian won the trophy at the ATP 500 grass-court event in 2012 and 2018 and has now won 35 wins at Queen’s Club, the most of any active player.

In a fierce clash on center court, Cilic was the more proactive player. The 33-year-old hit 11 aces and fired his flat groundstrokes with precision to outsmart Ruusuvuori and advance after an hour and 48 minutes in their first ATP Head2Head encounter.

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The seventh seed, who arrived in London after a first semi-final at Roland Garros, is looking to win her 21st UKTN title this week, but the first of the year.

Cilic will continue his bid for the trophy when he faces Filip Krajinovic in the semi-finals on Saturday.

Earlier, the Serb ended British wild card Ryan Peniston’s dream run when he beat the 26-year-old 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in two hours and nine minutes.

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Krajinovic hadn’t claimed a grass-tour victory before this week but will now play his second semi-final of the season, having also reached the last four in Montpellier in February. The 30-year-old beat Americans Jenson Brooksby and Sam Querrey earlier this week.

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