Daniil’s movement, Marin’s moment
Cilic would have been well aware of the famously clay-averse Medvedev’s limitations on this surface, and perhaps he would have taken confidence from the 565 clay-court victories in his own career.
Combining his huge serve and groundstrokes with masterful court coverage, Cilic showed off his ability to yank Medvedev out of his comfort zone and get the second seed doing his least favourite thing on his least favourite surface: moving his feet.
After a set and a half of scrambling all over Chatrier, Medvedev found himself down 2-3 in the second and desperately trying to halt Cilic’s runaway rhythm.
But Cilic didn’t give him any openings, and used his booming forehand to great effect to drag his opponent from one doubles alley to another to get to break point. He then punished a high-bouncing Medvedev drop shot with another brilliant forehand put-away, wrong-footing the 26-year-old in the process.
By the third set, Medvedev was pelting his coaching team with a steady dialogue narrating his woes – he was slipping all over the court, his opponent just too good – and the negative body language was clear to Cilic, too.
Medvedev would meekly net a backhand slice to put an end to the match after an hour and 45 minutes, sending Cilic into his third Roland-Garros quarter-final.