Sunday afternoon both Marin Cilic and Venus Williams extended their campaigns at Miami with another win.
Marin Cilic came up against Canada’s Vasek Pospisil who proved a tough test for the number two seed. The Canadian went big off the serve as expected and with the ground strokes plays a ‘go big or go home’ style of tennis which too often doesn’t work out.
Cilic himself didn’t reach top gear during the match at all and seemed quite cautious in his approach during the whole match not going for too much and even on break points didn’t take a big risk to gain advantage in his 7-5 7-6 win. The return position of Cilic shows this, it varied soo much that he didn’t commit to a return position.
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You can see from the graphic above the he didn’t commit much to either position and was quite hesitant whether to stay back or to go forward but the surprising thing is he didn’t sit on the baseline and I think it’s because he knows the opportunity is real to win here but a long week ahead and you can’t afford to get tied up in battle.
Talking about getting tied up in a battle Venus Williams certainly experienced that.
Venus has been playing at Miami since I was 2 years old, I’m now 23… the 37 year old put on a performance you just have to applaud despite the collapse in set one..
Venus led 5-0, complete control of the match and before you know it lost the set 7-5. Thankfully for Venus she wasn’t done then as she stepped it up to take it 6-3.
Then it all kicked off again. Bertens led 4-1 and saw three match points and then Queen Vee arrived at the right time and turned it around winning 6 of the next 7 games to seal a 5-7 6-3 7-5 win! STUNNING!