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Cilic fights back to beat Isner in ATP Finals thriller

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor November 15, 2018 11:55

Cilic fights back to beat Isner in ATP Finals thriller

Marin Cilic fought back superbly to beat John Isner in three sets to keep his semi-final hopes alive at the ATP Finals in London.The Croat has a poor record at the O2 Arena, having won just once at the end-of-year finals in three tournaments, but it looked as if he’d add another defeat to that unwanted sequence of results after losing the first set on a tie break. But the world number seven upped the ante in the next two sets, securing three successive breaks of the normally impenetrable Isner serve before progressing 6-7(2) 6-3 6-4 in a thrilling match – the first one to go to three sets in this year’s tournament.

The result sends Novak Djokovic through to the semi-finals after the Serb dismissed Alexander Zverev in the earlier Guga Kuerten group match on Wednesday. Cilic faces Djokovic in his final group match, while Isner takes on Zverev with all three players still in with a chance of joining Djokovic in the last four. Victory over the American, who’s making his ATP Finals debut this year, was only Cilic’s second in 11 ATP Finals matches throughout his career.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor November 15, 2018 11:55

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