Marin Cilic reacts to beating Denis Shapovalov for Stuttgart semifinal

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Marin Cilic reacts to beating Denis Shapovalov for Stuttgart semifinal

2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic admitted it wasn't easy playing Denis Shapovalov in the Mercedes Cup semifinal but he was happy that he was able to make the Stuttgart semifinal. Cilic, ranked at No. 47 in the world, beat Shapovalov in two tight sets 7-5 7-6 (3) to reach the Stuttgart semifinal.

“I felt I was applying a little more pressure during that first set and I capitalised on the couple of break points, which was definitely big, just to give me a bit of extra momentum,” Cilic said. “I also had the two match points at the end of the second set, didn’t convert them, but played a really good tie-break.

You always have to expect tough battles against top guys like Denis [Shapovalov] and it was like that today”.

Cilic joins Felix Auger-Aliassime in the Stuttgart semifinal

Rising Canadian star Auger-Aliassime beat Ugo Humbert in straight sets to make the Stuttgart semifinal.

A match earlier, Auger-Aliassime claimed a straight-set win over Lloyd Harris but he missed out on some of his chances. “It’s not often you serve for the match with two match points and you lose it. But I remember Federer’s final [at] Wimbledon two years ago and I thought to myself, ‘Well if it happens to him it can also happen to me, and I can try to find a way to win,’” Auger-Aliassime said.

“We’re humans and it’s normal that sometimes the nerves get to us closing out a match. It was difficult for me at 5-4 to try to settle down again and find a way to get a good level and win the second set. But I think I did well.

“I’m happy the way the match ended. I think the most important is to win the last point of the match, so I did that, I played a great tie-break, so I can be happy with how I finished. And now I have an opportunity to fight for another win tomorrow”.