Cilic Tops Fognini At Queen’s, Brits Advance; Murray Meets Berrettini Thurs.

by Staff | June 16th, 2021, 5:41 pm
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Former tournament champion Marin Cilic is finding his game. The Croatian has struggled since the restart, but on the grass he’s now won his last seven matches after today’s 6-3, 7-6(4) win over Fabio Fognini.

The 32-year-old Cilic will now meet Alex De Minaur in the Friday quarterfinals.

Brits Cameron Norrie and Jack Draper pulled off upsets. Norrie, who had his best clay season, kept his run going beating Australian Open semifinalist Aslan Karatsev.

Jack Draper, just 19, followed up his Jannik Sinner upset with a 3-set victory over Aleksander Bublik.

Tomorrow, home favorite Andy Murray is back to battle Matteo Berrettini. Murray beat the Italian in two breaks back at 2019 Beijing in their only previous meeting.

“We played two breakers, to remember,” Berrettini said on Tuesday. “I had my chances. Obviously he didn’t have so many matches, but he’s still, like, a great player.

“For sure it’s going to be a great match in his hometown, country. It’s going to be a great atmosphere. Maybe the worst surface where I can play him. So tough one, but, I mean, that’s why I play tennis, to play the best guys on tour.

“He won Wimbledon, he won Olympic Games on grass, he likes to play here. That was I think his main goal, to be ready physically and mentally for these two tournaments.

“So I think he’s one of the best players, yeah, obviously when he’s healthy. I know that it’s not easy to go back and forth like from injuries, because you need the rhythm, but I’m sure that his experience is gonna help him a lot even in today match and the next matches.”

Murray has just one Top 10 win in the last four since, that coming last summer at Cincinnati against Alexander Zverev.

Dan Evans also meeting Adrian Mannarino, Frances Tiafoe takes on Viktor Troicki and Denis Shapovalov duels Feliciano Lopez.

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