Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev was thrilled after coming back from two sets down to beat 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic. Medvedev, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 2 in the world, recovered from two sets to beat Cilic 6-7 (3) 3-6 6-3 6-3 6-2 and reach the Wimbledon round-of-16.
“It was an unbelievable match,” Medvedev said in an on-court interview. “I think tennis fans always enjoy watching players come back from two-sets-to-love down and for it to be five sets. I certainly do so when I watch tennis on the TV.
It’s my first comeback [from 0-2 sets down], and actually what’s amazing is against David Goffin at Wimbledon in 2019, I was two-sets-to-love down and I had a break in the fifth set, but I lost. So when I left the court after the fourth set today, I told myself, ‘It’s not going to be another one of those’.
“So I’m really happy. When I was 5-0, 40/0 up at the end and Marin came back to 2-5, I thought to myself, ‘Again..!’. Marin is an amazing player and for the first two sets he basically destroyed me”.
Medvedev claimed a comeback win
Cilic claimed the first break of the match in the sixth but got broken back immediately in the following game as the set had to be resolved in a tie-break. In the tie-break, Cilic realized his first set point to win a tight opener.
After winning a tight first set, Cilic broke Medvedev in the third and ninth game to take a two-set lead. Cilic also broke Medvedev in the third set but the Russian responded with three breaks in the set to force a fourth set.
Medvedev started the fourth set with a 3-0 lead, before serving out for the set in the ninth game. Medvedev started the fifth set with a 5-0 lead but Cilic managed to reduce the deficit to 5-2. However, that was all from Cilic as Medvedev served out for the match in the eighth game.