World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev couldn't hide his happiness after coming back from two sets down to beat Marin Cilic in the Wimbledon third round. Medvedev, seeded at No. 2, handed a 6-7 (3) 3-6 6-3 6-3 6-2 loss to Cilic to progress into the Wimbledon round-of-16.
After falling down by two sets, Medvedev broke Cilic three times in the third set to force a fourth. Medvedev then started the fourth set with a break and held on to his serve to force a fifth set. In the fifth set, Medvedev failed to serve out for the match in the sixth game but served out for the match in the eighth game.
“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 joins Roger Federer
Federer, a former world No. 1, also scored a win on Saturday as he beat Cameron Norrie in four sets. “I’m super relieved as it was a tough battle,” said Federer, in an on-court interview.
“I was so close to serving it out in the third set and I thought he played excellent today. I think I kept a high-level of play, but he did well to break me at the end of the third set. Overall, I can be very happy with the way I played”.
Federer was happy with the way he kept his composure during the match. “I thought I was extremely calm throughout the match,” said Federer. “Maybe that's why I saved all the emotions for the very end.
It meant a lot to me, because, I thought actually [that] I played a really good match throughout, except maybe that one game where Norrie [broke] me. “Credit to him for pushing me. I know he's had a really good season so far.
He's played a ton of matches and a lot of tournaments… That's why I was extremely happy that I found ways to fight back in that fourth set”.