Roger Federer fights back against Marin Cilic to extend winning streak
Roger Federer got here from a set down to take his winning streak to 13 matches with victory over Marin Cilic on the ATP Finals.
The Swiss famous person had already booked his place within the final 4 on the O2 Arena as he closes in on a file seventh title, and a primary since 2011.
But Federer nonetheless had his winning run – having triumphed at his final two tournaments in Shanghai and Basel – to keep against the person he beat within the Wimbledon ultimate in July.
A set behind and visibly tiring deep into the second, the 36-year-old may certainly have been forgiven for taking a uncommon defeat on the chin and saving himself for Saturday.
Yet, ever the perfectionist, Federer dug deep to run out a 6-7 (5/7) 6-Four 6-1 winner forward of his 14th semi-final in 15 appearances on the Finals.
With Cilic already eradicated on the group stage and the match a useless rubber, the primary set was a distinctly sleepy affair as soon as Cilic had saved three break factors within the opening sport.
In the just about inevitable tie-break a Federer double fault handed Cilic an early benefit however the world quantity two rapidly repaired the harm.
However, a devastating return and volley gave Cilic set level which he duly secured with a thumping cross-court forehand.
Winning this assembly would have hardly served as revenge for his painful straight-sets defeat simply up the street at SW19, however you wouldn’t have recognized it as Cilic celebrated each bludgeoning winner with a pumping clenched fist.
Break factors have been exchanged, and repelled, at the beginning of the third however when, within the 10th sport, a tired-looking shot flopped into the foot of the web, Federer appeared prepared to name it quits.
Instead, he reeled off the following 4 factors to safe the break and take the match right into a decider.
Suddenly the battle appeared to have drained from Cilic, who had additionally been in winning place against his different group opponents, Alexander Zverev and Jack Sock, solely to lose each matches.
And 25 minutes later the world No 5 was put out of his distress as Federer marched on into his last-four date with both Dominic Thiem or David Goffin.
“It was a tough match,” Federer stated afterwards.
Federer with Cilic after securing victory (Getty)
“Marin served effectively and I used to be a bit undecided on a number of pictures. I used to be in hassle at a set and a break level down, however I obtained myself out of it.
“I attempted to loosen up a bit of bit. It’s good to play tennis a bit of bit extra freely, perhaps I did that within the second set by reminding myself I used to be already by means of.
“Knowing I had certified on Tuesday night was a bit bizarre however it provides me an amazing thought of how to put together for my sport against both Dominic or David.
“Both are great guys and good friends on the tour and I will be watching their match tomorrow.”