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Tim Henman reflects on Marin Cilic crushing Daniil Medvedev at French Open

Former British No. 1 Tim Henman was impressed with how easily Marin Cilic ousted second-seeded Daniil Medvedev at the French Open.  Cilic, a three-time Grand Slam finalist, turned back the clock on Monday night in Paris as he destroyed Medvedev 6-2 6-3 6-2 to progress into the quarterfinal at Roland Garros.  Cilic was absolutely dominant throughout the entire match as he converted 5-of-7 of his break point chances, all while not allowing Medvedev a single break point opportunity.  “I was so impressed with all aspects of Cilic’s game,” Henman said on Eurosport. "He was the one who was looking to get in the court and dictate the rallies. It was relentless. He never gave Medvedev any opportunity to get into the match. His serving was exceptional. He played such a perfect match. For Medvedev not to have a break point chance in a best-of-five set match you have to be serving pretty well.” Henman: Cilic could have easily had more Grand Slams Cilic captured his maiden and lone Grand Slam title at the US Open in 2014.  Cilic reached his second Grand Slam final at 2017 Wimbledon, before losing to Roger Federer.  Six months later in 2018 January, Cilic ended runner-up to Federer in the Australian Open final.  “It reminded me so much of when he won the US Open, the same kind of tennis, he won nine sets in a row to finish that tournament," Henman added. “What are the three reasons Cilic hasn’t won more majors? It’s Rafa [Nadal], Novak [Djokovic] and Roger [Federer]. He would get on these runs but then run into one of them and they never miss, mentally they are giants. If he hadn’t lost to these guys in the quarters and semis I really feel like when he plays well he can beat anybody and he could have sustained it for longer. When he is seeing the ball like he is tonight, wow, what a ball striker.” Cilic plays Andrey Rublev in the French Open quarterfinal.

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