3/27/13 2:37 AM | Ricky Dimon
Marin Cilic pulls off a slight upset of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets during fourth-round action in Miami on Tuesday. Cilic is through to a quarterfinal showdown against Andy Murray.
Marin Cilic continued his stellar run in tiebreakers to get past Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5, 7-6(4) in the fourth round of the Sony Open on Tuesday afternoon. Cilic needed one hour and 48 minutes to book his spot alongside Andy Murray in the quarterfinals.
Tsonga played with fire on his own serve through the opening set while getting no looks of any kind in his return game, but he saved the first four breaks he faced. It caught up to him at 5-6, when Cilic once again applied pressure and forced multiple errors from Tsonga to take the set.
Cilic momentarily lost focus to open the second, turning in a dismal service game to get broken for the first time. Tsonga, however, returned the favor at 2-1 with a poor effort of his own. The eighth-ranked Frenchman had a 0-40 opportunity on his opponent's serve at 3-3, but Cilic won five consecutive points to hold. After five more holds, a tiebreaker had to decide it.
Although he gave back a quick mini-break with a forehand in the net, Cilic never lost control of the 'breaker. The world No. 11 won two more return points for 6-2 and finally converted his third match point after blowing one on his own serve. It ended with Tsonga dumping a drop-volley in the net at 4-6.
Cilic, who improved to 8-1 in tiebreakers this season (the only one he lost was in Davis Cup action), finished with two aces and one double-fault. He converted two of seven break chances en route to victory.
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