Marin Cilic is on a mission.

  Wimbledon R3: [7] Marin Cilic [CRO] vs. [26] Steve Johnson [USA] (07/07/2017) 
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Good day, tennis fans! Welcome to Tennis-Pulse’s coverage of The Wimbledon Championships. I’ll be bringing you this afternoon’s third round clash between Croatia’s Marin Cilic and Steve Johnson of the US. Both are dangerous players and respected for the threat that they pose.

Friday July 7, 2017 7:54 Mark
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It’s the third encounter between the combatants. They have met previously at Queen’s Club and in Tokyo, with Cilic emerging victorious on both occasions.

Friday July 7, 2017 7:54 Mark
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Cilic, ranked #6 in the world, is 28 years of age. The righty checks in at 6’6, 196 pounds. Johnson, 27, is a fellow righty, standing 6’2, and weighing in at 190 pounds.

Friday July 7, 2017 7:55 Mark
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Cilic has arrived at this stage courtesy of straight-set wins over Kohlschreiber and Mayer. Johnson, meanwhile, went through Kicker and Albot. The victor here today will take on the winner of Nishikori-Bautista-Agut.

Friday July 7, 2017 7:55 Mark
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Prior to Wimby, Cilic came up just short in the Queen’s Club final, falling to veteran, Feliciano Lopez. Johnson, not quite as accomplished on grass, was defeated in the Eastbourne QFs by young talent, Medvedev.

Friday July 7, 2017 7:56 Mark
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It’s a nice day in London. Not quite as hot as yesterday, at 82 degrees F, with partly cloudy skies. Humidity a bit lower as well. Chance of rain virtually nil. Very slight wind.

Friday July 7, 2017 7:57 Mark
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Players set to arrive on Court 1 momentarily, and the action is nearly upon us.

Friday July 7, 2017 7:57 Mark
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Readers, as we move along here doing the match, feel free to chime in with your comments! The interaction makes it even better.

Friday July 7, 2017 7:58 Mark
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Bear with us, folks. Technical difficulties throwing a wrench into things. I’ll try to get you scores for now.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:08 Mark
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Players are warming up.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:11 Mark
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15-15.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:12 Mark
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1-0. Cilic holds serve to open the match.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:14 Mark
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15-0.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:16 Mark
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30-0. Johnson with the putaway at net.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:16 Mark
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40-0. Ace out wide from SJ.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:16 Mark
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1-1. Cilic’s chipped BH return drifts wide.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:17 Mark
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Impressive love hold from the Californian.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:17 Mark
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15-0. Johnson overcooks a FH from the baseline, missing just long.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:18 Mark
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30-0. Cilic moves into net following a deep serve, and Johnson flicked a lob from the baseline that drifted wide.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:18 Mark
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Second serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:18 Mark
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40-0. Brief slice exchange, and Johnson sends one long.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:19 Mark
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Cilic going for the booming ace out wide but missed.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:19 Mark
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Second sere.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:19 Mark
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2-1. Serve and volley gets it done for the big Croat. FH volley putaway.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:20 Mark
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He’s in prime grass court form at the moment.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:20 Mark
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Cilic with a quick adjustment of the net itself to assure proper height!

Friday July 7, 2017 8:21 Mark
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0-15. Johnson sends one long.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:21 Mark
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15-15. Cilic’s return misses wide.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:22 Mark
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Johnson misses the first serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:22 Mark
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15-30. BH slice from the American off the mark, drifting wide.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:22 Mark
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First serve missed long.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:22 Mark
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30-30. Second serve ace. Nice kick.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:23 Mark
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30-40. Break chance for Cilic, as Johnson slices a BH into the net from the baseline.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:23 Mark
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Let, first service.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:23 Mark
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Deuce. A running Cilic slices his FH into the net.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:24 Mark
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Carlos Bernardes in the umpire chair today.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:24 Mark
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Ad Johnson. Follows his FH into the net, and puts away a crisp volley. Confident net player.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:24 Mark
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2-2. Big ace from Johnson secures the service game for him.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:25 Mark
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“Henman Hill” jam-packed today.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:25 Mark
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15-0. Big serve from Cilic, and a weak return, allow him to approach net, and blast a FH winner.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:26 Mark
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30-0. Ace down the T.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:26 Mark
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40-0. Deep serve out wide from the Croat, and Johnson got it back, but Cilic blasted another FH winner.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:26 Mark
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Second serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:26 Mark
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3-2. Johnson moved to his left there and tried to uncork a FH blast but it sailed well long. We remain on serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:27 Mark
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Johnson’s father passed unexpectedly a couple of months ago. Tennis providing a respite for him these days.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:28 Mark
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0-15. Brief exchange, and Cilic powers a BH dtl from the baseline for a winner.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:29 Mark
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0-30. Another nice exchange, Cilic FH even clipping the net at one point. He gets the better of that one, as Johnson makes an error.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:29 Mark
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Opening for the Croat.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:29 Mark
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15-30. Just missed on that BH try dtl.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:30 Mark
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15-40. Two break points for Cilic, as Johnson’s BH slice at net sails long.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:30 Mark
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30-40. Not that time. His chip return was wide. Good body serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:30 Mark
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Deuce. Another good serve and groundie combo, and Cilic fired his FH wide.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:31 Mark
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Johnson’s now fended off three BPs.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:31 Mark
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Ad Johnson. Cilic pinned to the baseline, and eventually was just stretched too far, sending his BH into the net.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:31 Mark
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Second serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:31 Mark
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3-3. Cilic’s BH return found the net. Still on serve, first set.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:32 Mark
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Johnson adjusting his cap, and readying to receive.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:32 Mark
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Second serve coming from Cilic.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:32 Mark
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15-0. Johnson’s slice BH return sails long, once again.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:33 Mark
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30-0. Ace down the T from the towering Croat.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:33 Mark
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40-0. Same song, different verse. Ace down the T, this time from the deuce court.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:33 Mark
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4-3. Yet another love hold.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:34 Mark
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They’ll change ends, and get new balls.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:34 Mark
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Johnson checks the sun, readies to serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:35 Mark
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15-0. Big body serve elicits the BH error from Cilic.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:36 Mark
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30-0. Serve down the middle, and a stretching Cilic can’t keep it in play on the FH wing.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:36 Mark
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Second serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:36 Mark
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40-0. Brief rally, and Cilic misfires with the FH, sending it wide.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:36 Mark
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4-4. Another love hold, as Johnson fires an ace out wide.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:37 Mark
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15-0. Booming serve out wide from Cilic. Chalk kicked up on that one.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:37 Mark
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Second serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:38 Mark
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30-0. Johnson misjudged that one, and framed his BH return meekly into the net.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:38 Mark
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40-0. Ace down the T.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:38 Mark
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40-15. Serve and volley failed him there, as he carved a BH approach that drifted wide.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:39 Mark
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5-4. Game Cilic as Johnson could not control the angled body serve, sending it long.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:39 Mark
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Fairly clinical thus far.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:39 Mark
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Johnson serving to keep the first set alive.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:41 Mark
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15-0. Serve out wide got a stretching Cilic to send his FH long.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:41 Mark
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Missed down the middle. Second serve coming.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:41 Mark
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15-15. Serves up a double fault.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:41 Mark
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15-30. Johnson wheels, and fires his off-balance FH long. Half chance for Cilic.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:42 Mark
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30-30. Johnson levels things with an ace.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:42 Mark
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30-40. Break chance and set point for Cilic as Johnson misfires long. Errors off the FH could prove costly.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:42 Mark
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Deuce. Johnson saves it as Cilic’s BH sailed long.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:43 Mark
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Bad toss. Tries again.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:43 Mark
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Ad Cilic. Another break chance, as the rally goes his way. Johnson with a BH error into the net.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:44 Mark
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Second serve. Will Cilic pounce?

Friday July 7, 2017 8:44 Mark
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Deuce again. Good kick serve elicits an error from Cilic on the BH wing.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:44 Mark
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He has an aggressive kick on that one.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:44 Mark
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Ad Cilic. Third break chance as his aggressive play pays off. Chip approach from Johnson not quite good enough, and Cilic fires a BH winner dtl.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:45 Mark
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BREAK!

Friday July 7, 2017 8:45 Mark
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Game and first set to Cilic, by 6-4. Johnson with the FH error into the net.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:45 Mark
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5 aces apiece here in the first. 1/6 on break chances for Cilic, with that one securing the set. Johnson did not generate any BPs.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:46 Mark
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We’re just over half an hour in.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:46 Mark
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Cilic to serve first here in the second set.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:47 Mark
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15-0. Johnson flails at the big first serve, but fires his BH wide.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:48 Mark
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30-0. Ace down the T.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:48 Mark
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Missed long on that one; second coming.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:48 Mark
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30-15. Double fault, into the net.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:48 Mark
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Let, first service.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:48 Mark
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30-30. A game Johnson manages to win that BH exchange, as Cilic was stymied by the slice, and fired his reply into the net.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:49 Mark
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40-30. Cilic got a weak return off of that serve, and moved into net. Johnson with the error.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:50 Mark
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Second serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:50 Mark
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Deuce. Cilic was in the ascendancy there, and wheeled to his left for a FH putaway, but Johnson sent over a wicked squash shot that caused Cilic to net.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:50 Mark
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Ad Cilic. Ace down the T.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:50 Mark
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Second serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:51 Mark
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1-0. Second serve ace.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:51 Mark
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Ridiculous serving exhibition.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:51 Mark
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Let, first service for Johnson.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:52 Mark
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Second serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:52 Mark
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15-0. Cilic fires his return into the net.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:52 Mark
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Second serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:53 Mark
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15-15. Johnson moved to his left, but looped his FH well long.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:53 Mark
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15-30. Nice low slice from Johnson but Cilic’s was even better. BH slice winner. Bad court positioning from Johnson.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:53 Mark
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30-30. Cilic missed long.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:54 Mark
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40-30. Nice depth from Johnson. Squash shot from Cilic to no avail. Finally sends one wide.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:54 Mark
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1-1. Big serve from Johnson causes Cilic to fire his BH long.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:55 Mark
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Muller and RBA both up by 2-0 in their matches.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:55 Mark
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15-0. Ace from Cilic.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:55 Mark
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30-0. Looping second serve from Cilic, and Johnson’s sliced return off the BH wing sailed long.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:56 Mark
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40-0. Another ace.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:56 Mark
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40-15. Good return at the feet of Cilic, and he did get a racquet on it, but missed wide.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:57 Mark
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2-1. Howitzer of an ace down the T. Up to 11 of those now.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:57 Mark
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Johnson re-taping his racquet here. Aw, no one can top Gasquet with the lightning twirl. Solid effort, nevertheless.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:58 Mark
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The American to serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:59 Mark
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0-15. Overcooks a FH from the baseline.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:59 Mark
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Second serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 8:59 Mark
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0-30. Cilic slipped and quickly righted himself at the baseline. No worry; Johnson obliged by misfiring long.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:00 Mark
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Let, first service.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:00 Mark
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Second serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:00 Mark
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15-30. Cilic moved to his left for that BH, and attempted to go down the line but missed wide.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:00 Mark
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Second serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:00 Mark
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30-30. Cilic went for the leaping BH off the second serve but put it in the net.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:01 Mark
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40-30. Johnson did well to stay in that rally, matching Cilic power for power, until he finally elicited the error. Nice recovery from 0-30.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:02 Mark
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Second serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:02 Mark
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Deuce. Double fault. Johnson groans in frustration.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:02 Mark
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Ad Johnson. Approaching net, he pulled back and allowed Cilic’s ball to go. Late call of out.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:03 Mark
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Challenge from Cilic. Overturned. Break point for him.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:03 Mark
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Deuce. Cilic nets his return.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:03 Mark
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Ad Johnson. Big serve at the back of the service line causes Cilic to frame his return into the crowd.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:04 Mark
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Deuce. Insane! Johnson had put down a gorgeous angled slice. The speed and anticipation from Cilic allowed him to get there, and he sent back one of his own at a preposterous angle. A diving Johnson couldn’t quite get there. Crowd loved that. No harm done.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:05 Mark
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Avoided crashing into the ump’s chair.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:05 Mark
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Second serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:05 Mark
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Ad Cilic. Johnson fires his FH into the net.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:05 Mark
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Second serve. First missed out wide.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:05 Mark
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BREAK!

Friday July 7, 2017 9:05 Mark
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3-1. Double fault from Johnson, and a solid effort in that game is for naught.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:06 Mark
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Cilic readies to attempt consolidation.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:06 Mark
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Johnson moving around his right hand. May have banged it up on the slide.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:07 Mark
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15-0. Blocked FH return sails long.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:07 Mark
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Second serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:07 Mark
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30-0. Cilic really firing on all cylinders now. Deep FH dtl, and Johnson put his reply into the net.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:08 Mark
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Second serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:08 Mark
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40-0. Masterful BH slice volley from Cilic.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:08 Mark
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Closed down the net beautifully.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:08 Mark
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Second serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:08 Mark
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40-15. Cilic nets his rally ball.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:09 Mark
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Only his seventh point lost on serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:09 Mark
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4-1. Great backspin on the BH slice from Cilic, and the ball just died.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:09 Mark
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Johnson being looked at by a trainer.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:09 Mark
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He’s having his fingers manipulated.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:09 Mark
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May have jammed the pinky on that dive. Think he’s all right. Just shaking it out.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:10 Mark
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Johnson and the ump discussing something.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:11 Mark
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Back to the action. Johnson to serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:12 Mark
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15-0. Little help from the net there, as his FH clipped it, and Cilic couldn’t quite get there, sending his reply into the net.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:12 Mark
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Second serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:12 Mark
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30-0. Cilic’s rally ball sailed long.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:12 Mark
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Second serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:12 Mark
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40-0. Cilic’s BH slice from the baseline found the net.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:13 Mark
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4-2. Love hold from Johnson. Ump calls for new balls.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:13 Mark
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Change of shirt for Cilic, and both with a change of racquet.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:14 Mark
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Let, first service.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:14 Mark
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15-0. Cilic really getting over the top of the ball, mashed a FH away for a winner.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:15 Mark
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30-0. Johnson with the error.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:15 Mark
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40-0. Another wayward FH from the American.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:16 Mark
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5-2. Love hold from Cilic, as Johnson couldn’t quite get to the dropshot, sending it into the net.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:16 Mark
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Game away from the second set for Marin.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:16 Mark
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Muller is through. Nishikori still battling, break up in the third now.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:17 Mark
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Johnson serving to stay in the second.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:18 Mark
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15-0.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:18 Mark
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30-0. Good placement on the serve down the T. Cilic frames it.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:18 Mark
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30-15. Cilic with an exquisite BH dtl. Johnson way out of position.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:19 Mark
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40-15. Cilic nets his BH return.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:19 Mark
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Second serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:19 Mark
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40-30. Cilic with the kind net, as his BH return catches tape and trickles over.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:19 Mark
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5-3. Game to Johnson as Cilic nets his return of serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:20 Mark
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Cilic to serve for the second now.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:20 Mark
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Nearly three years since Cilic joined the ranks of major champions when he won USO ’14.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:20 Mark
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Can he add Wimby to his CV?

Friday July 7, 2017 9:20 Mark
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15-0. Great gets from Johnson at the baseline. Cilic with perfect positioning at net, and got the putaway into the open court. Crowd loved that point.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:21 Mark
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Second serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:21 Mark
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30-0. “C’mon” from Cilic in Croatian, I’d imagine.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:22 Mark
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30-15. Cilic flubbed his BH volley there.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:22 Mark
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Second serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:22 Mark
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30-30. Cilic overcooked his FH, and Johnson doing well to vary it up a bit. He’s got a chance here.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:23 Mark
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30-40. Break chance for Johnson, as Cilic missed another BH volley. Losing a bit of concentration here, taking his eye off the ball.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:24 Mark
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He’ll get a look at a second serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:24 Mark
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BREAK!

Friday July 7, 2017 9:24 Mark
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5-4. Cilic misfires wide off the BH, and Johnson has forced his way back into this second set.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:25 Mark
9:25
Mark: 

Wow, did not see that coming. If Johnson can hold, we may still have a match here.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:25 Mark
9:26
Mark: 

Second serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:26 Mark
9:26
Mark: 

0-15. Solid return from Cilic at Johnson’s feet, and he fired it into the net.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:26 Mark
9:27
Mark: 

15-15. Cilic’s bolo FH from the baseline found the net.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:27 Mark
9:27
Mark: 

15-30. Great movement from Cilic, as he had Johnson on a string, and blasted in inside out FH winner.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:27 Mark
9:27
Mark: 

Pumping his fists now. Looks focused.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:27 Mark
9:28
Mark: 

30-30. Sent a loose FH long there, though.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:28 Mark
9:28
Mark: 

40-30. Big serve elicits a long FH from the Croat.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:28 Mark
9:28
Mark: 

5-5!

Friday July 7, 2017 9:28 Mark
9:28
Mark: 

Game to Johnson as he carves a deft dropper that Cilic leaves.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:28 Mark
9:29
Mark: 

Even Steven here in the second now!

Friday July 7, 2017 9:29 Mark
9:29
Mark: 

15-0. Big serve out wide, and a flailing Johnson nearly caught Bernardes.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:29 Mark
9:29
Mark: 

30-0. Ace down the T.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:29 Mark
9:29
Mark: 

Johnson challenge.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:29 Mark
9:29
Mark: 

Well in. Where are the eyes?

Friday July 7, 2017 9:29 Mark
9:30
Mark: 

Dozen aces for Marin.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:30 Mark
9:30
Mark: 

40-0. Great volley at net by Cilic. Such sublime touch.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:30 Mark
9:30
Mark: 

6-5. Game Cilic, as Johnson fires long. Love hold, and Johnson will need to hold serve to send us to a TB.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:30 Mark
9:32
Mark: 

0-15. Cilic got the better of that exchange, and fired a BH winner past the frozen SJ.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:32 Mark
9:33
Mark: 

15-15. Johnson had Cilic pinned to the baseline there and finally got a FH error out of him.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:33 Mark
9:33
Mark: 

Second serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:33 Mark
9:34
Mark: 

15-30. Furious rally, with Cilic creeping into net. Johnson went for a crosscourt BH winner but it missed long.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:34 Mark
9:34
Mark: 

15-40. Oh my. Johnson botched the dropper. Two set points for Cilic.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:34 Mark
9:34
Mark: 

Second serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:34 Mark
9:35
Mark: 

30-40. Johnson with the carved slice, and Cilic with an odd miss, FH sailing long.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:35 Mark
9:35
Mark: 

Deuce. Big serve, and errant return from Cilic. BPs saved.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:35 Mark
9:35
Mark: 

Second serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:35 Mark
9:36
Mark: 

Ad Cilic. Johnson misfired on his FH at the baseline. Another set point for the Croat.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:36 Mark
9:36
Mark: 

Bjorkman watching on nervously.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:36 Mark
9:36
Mark: 

Second serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:36 Mark
9:37
Mark: 

Deuce. What a point! This time Johnson took the point, after more tight angle exchanges at net. No crash to the ground.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:37 Mark
9:37
Mark: 

Ad Johnson. Big ace, and he’s got game point.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:37 Mark
9:37
Mark: 

6-6. To a TB we go. Huge roar from the underdog. What have we got in store here?

Friday July 7, 2017 9:37 Mark
9:38
Mark: 

Second serve to come from Cilic.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:38 Mark
9:39
Mark: 

1-0. Cilic approaching net, and pushing Johnson deeper at the baseline. Missed by just a little off the BH.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:39 Mark
9:39
Mark: 

Ump overrules out call on first serve. Re-do.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:39 Mark
9:39
Mark: 

Second serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:39 Mark
9:39
Mark: 

0-2. Double fault. Not a great time for that.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:39 Mark
9:40
Mark: 

3-0 for Cilic now. Got the better of that exchange, and Johnson fired his rally ball into the net. Disappointing start to the TB for him.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:40 Mark
9:41
Mark: 

3-1. Cilic missed long with the FH. One minibreak taken back.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:41 Mark
9:41
Mark: 

4-1. Johnson missed barely on a FH dtl.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:41 Mark
9:41
Mark: 

Challenge.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:41 Mark
9:42
Mark: 

Out indeed by a couple of inches. He’ll rue that miss.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:42 Mark
9:42
Mark: 

4-2. Johnson with an ace down the T. Change of ends.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:42 Mark
9:42
Mark: 

Second serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:42 Mark
9:43
Mark: 

5-2. Johnson’s slice approach goes long.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:43 Mark
9:43
Mark: 

Another challenge.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:43 Mark
9:43
Mark: 

Confirmed out. Cilic with two serves for the set.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:43 Mark
9:44
Mark: 

5-3. Johnson gets a minibreak back. One of the longer rallies of the match. Sideline to sideline. Cilic with the error.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:44 Mark
9:44
Mark: 

6-3. Big ace out wide, and a fist pump from Cilic.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:44 Mark
9:45
Mark: 

Three set points for him.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:45 Mark
9:45
Mark: 

Second serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:45 Mark
9:45
Mark: 

SET, CILIC!

Friday July 7, 2017 9:45 Mark
9:45
Mark: 

Massive return from Cilic, and error into the net from Johnson.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:45 Mark
9:46
Mark: 

6-4, 6-3 lead for Cilic. Will take something huge for Johnson to dig himself out of this two sets hole.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:46 Mark
9:46
Mark: 

1:33 into this one now.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:46 Mark
9:47
Mark: 

Cilic is really adept at taking away court positioning. So clever with his construction.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:47 Mark
9:47
Mark: 

If Johnson can’t pick up some momentum here in the third, I would not be surprised to see Cilic run away with it.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:47 Mark
9:48
Mark: 

Let me know your thoughts, readers!

Friday July 7, 2017 9:48 Mark
9:48
Mark: 

15-0. Cilic’s return finds the net.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:48 Mark
9:48
Mark: 

30-0. Another big serve from the American. 8th ace.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:48 Mark
9:48
Mark: 

Second serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:48 Mark
9:48
Mark: 

40-0. Cilic overcooks his BH return. Going for the outright winner dtl.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:48 Mark
9:49
Mark: 

Second serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:49 Mark
9:49
Mark: 

40-15. Cilic gets on the board in the game, as Johnson misfired into the net.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:49 Mark
9:50
Mark: 

1-0. Game to Johnson, as he whips a FH winner on the stretch at the baseline, passed a lunging Cilic at net.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:50 Mark
9:50
Mark: 

Skillful squash shot from him. Wrist seems to be okay.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:50 Mark
9:50
Mark: 

Second serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:50 Mark
9:51
Mark: 

0-15. Cilic’s BH drifted wide.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:51 Mark
9:51
Mark: 

Second serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:51 Mark
9:51
Mark: 

15-15. Johnson with the weak slice that ate net. Cilic was there at net.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:51 Mark
9:52
Mark: 

Let, first service.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:52 Mark
9:52
Mark: 

30-15. Ace down the T. 133 mph.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:52 Mark
9:53
Mark: 

30-30. Good rally, and Johnson forced Cilic into an error at the baseline.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:53 Mark
9:53
Mark: 

30-40. Cilic with the expert volleys, but Johnson motored to it and flicked a BH dtl for a winner.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:53 Mark
9:53
Mark: 

Break chance.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:53 Mark
9:53
Mark: 

Second serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:53 Mark
9:54
Mark: 

BREAK!

Friday July 7, 2017 9:54 Mark
9:54
Mark: 

2-0. Johnson fires a crisp BH return dtl for a winner.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:54 Mark
9:54
Mark: 

Abbreviated take back there. Perfect timing on that punch.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:54 Mark
9:54
Mark: 

Second serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:54 Mark
9:55
Mark: 

0-15. Overcooks a FH moving to his left there.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:55 Mark
9:55
Mark: 

Second serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:55 Mark
9:55
Mark: 

0-30. Johnson with a loose FH that drifts wide, and he’s muttering to himself.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:55 Mark
9:55
Mark: 

Half chance for the lanky Croat.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:55 Mark
9:55
Mark: 

Second serve. Challenge.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:55 Mark
9:56
Mark: 

Call stands.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:56 Mark
9:56
Mark: 

0-40. Double fault. Three BPs for Cilic.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:56 Mark
9:56
Mark: 

Second serve. Just missed long.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:56 Mark
9:56
Mark: 

BREAK!

Friday July 7, 2017 9:56 Mark
9:56
Mark: 

1-2. Cilic breaks to love, and puts us right back on serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:56 Mark
9:57
Mark: 

What a downer for the American.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:57 Mark
9:58
Mark: 

Cilic puts the first serve into the net.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:58 Mark
9:59
Mark: 

15-0. Johnson overcooks his FH at the baseline. Grabs a new racquet.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:59 Mark
9:59
Mark: 

Second serve. Way long on the first.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:59 Mark
9:59
Mark: 

15-15. Cilic’s BH found the net.

Friday July 7, 2017 9:59 Mark
10:00
Mark: 

30-15. Monstrous ace down the T. 131 mph.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00 Mark
10:00
Mark: 

40-15. Johnson’s chipped return sails long. Fist pump from the Croat.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00 Mark
10:00
Mark: 

Second serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00 Mark
10:01
Mark: 

2-2. Johnson’s slice approach did not have enough mustard on it, and died in the net.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:01 Mark
10:02
Mark: 

15-0. Nice baseline rally, and Johnson finally wrong-footed Cilic with a powerful FH.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:02 Mark
10:02
Mark: 

15-15. Good return from Cilic, and Johnson was not prepared for it.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:02 Mark
10:02
Mark: 

15-30. Johnson’s slice off again.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:02 Mark
10:03
Mark: 

15-40. Johnson netted a FH. Challenging the non-call at the baseline.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:03 Mark
10:03
Mark: 

30-40. Good whipped FH at the baseline from Johnson, and Cilic sent his rally ball wide.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:03 Mark
10:04
Mark: 

BREAK!

Friday July 7, 2017 10:04 Mark
10:04
Mark: 

3-2 for Cilic now, as Johnson missed long, once again.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:04 Mark
10:05
Mark: 

This court will have a roof by 2019, they say.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:05 Mark
10:05
Mark: 

Will join Centre Court with that distinction.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:05 Mark
10:05
Mark: 

Weather delays may some day be a thing of the past.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:05 Mark
10:05
Mark: 

Cilic to serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:05 Mark
10:06
Mark: 

0-15. Lovely dropper from Cilic but Steve Johnson had no problem getting there and carving a BH winner.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:06 Mark
10:06
Mark: 

30-0. Johnson’s sliced BH missed wide.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:06 Mark
10:07
Mark: 

Challenge. Out indeed. That was a great exchange of slices.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:07 Mark
10:07
Mark: 

Johnson out of challenges now.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:07 Mark
10:07
Mark: 

Second serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:07 Mark
10:07
Mark: 

15-30. Cilic’s bunt from the baseline ate net. Onrushing Johnson was there anyway.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:07 Mark
10:08
Mark: 

Second serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:08 Mark
10:08
Mark: 

30-30. Cilic aggressively advances, and hammers an inside out FH away from his opponent for a winner.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:08 Mark
10:09
Mark: 

40-30. Carved volley from Cilic. Johnson straining every sinew to get there but it was just out of his reach.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:09 Mark
10:09
Mark: 

Second serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:09 Mark
10:10
Mark: 

4-2. Game to Cilic as he fired a FH that escaped Johnson’s reach. Roar from the Croat. Consolidates the break.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:10 Mark
10:10
Mark: 

Second serve from the American.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:10 Mark
10:10
Mark: 

15-0. Cilic’s return sailed long.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:10 Mark
10:10
Mark: 

15-15. Cilic with a nasty FH cross court for a clean winner.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:10 Mark
10:11
Mark: 

15-30. Johnson lost that ball, and dumped it into the net.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:11 Mark
10:11
Mark: 

30-30. Whipped a nice BH winner past the lunging Cilic, there, though.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:11 Mark
10:12
Mark: 

40-30. The aggressor there, was Johnson, and fired a FH approach past Cilic at the baseline.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:12 Mark
10:12
Mark: 

Second serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:12 Mark
10:12
Mark: 

Deuce. Cilic’s return of serve set up that miss long from SJ.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:12 Mark
10:12
Mark: 

Second serve coming.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:12 Mark
10:13
Mark: 

Ad Cilic. Johnson’s running BH just missed dtl. He can’t challenge anymore.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:13 Mark
10:13
Mark: 

Deuce, once more.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:13 Mark
10:13
Mark: 

Ad Johnson. Good serve out wide, and Cilic’s forehand was off the mark.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:13 Mark
10:13
Mark: 

Second serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:13 Mark
10:14
Mark: 

4-3. Great point. Steve Johnson hung in that point, and finally got an opportunity to throw in an expert lob.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:14 Mark
10:15
Mark: 

Johnson feeling some real emotion right now. The moment getting to him.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:15 Mark
10:15
Mark: 

Cilic still up a break, and serving here.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:15 Mark
10:16
Mark: 

Second serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:16 Mark
10:16
Mark: 

15-0. Johnson’s BH return found the net.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:16 Mark
10:16
Mark: 

30-0. Another miss off the BH wing, this time long.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:16 Mark
10:17
Mark: 

40-0. Ace down the T brings up three game points.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:17 Mark
10:17
Mark: 

5-3. Ace out wide seals the love hold. Game away from the match now.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:17 Mark
10:17
Mark: 

Cilic with the eye of the tiger here, looking intense.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:17 Mark
10:18
Mark: 

15-0.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:18 Mark
10:18
Mark: 

Second serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:18 Mark
10:18
Mark: 

30-0.Good FH into the open court. Cilic may be conserving for the death blow.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:18 Mark
10:18
Mark: 

Let, first service.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:18 Mark
10:19
Mark: 

40-0. Good return of serve but Johnson fired it back with equal determination, forcing an error.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:19 Mark
10:19
Mark: 

Let, first service.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:19 Mark
10:19
Mark: 

40-15. Savage FH return by Cilic that caught the baseline.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:19 Mark
10:19
Mark: 

Second serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:19 Mark
10:20
Mark: 

40-30. Cilic pushing his BH deep and Johnson lamely sent it into the net.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:20 Mark
10:20
Mark: 

5-4. Big serve, return into the net, and he’ll be serving for a place in the fourth round.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:20 Mark
10:20
Mark: 

Wow, Nishikori is gone. Defeated by RBA.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:20 Mark
10:21
Mark: 

Need a look at the draw now. Nishi’s best chance may have passed, but who knows?

Friday July 7, 2017 10:21 Mark
10:21
Mark: 

Here’s Cilic now, preparing to serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:21 Mark
10:22
Mark: 

Second serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:22 Mark
10:22
Mark: 

15-0. Rally, and Johnson’s FH found the net.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:22 Mark
10:22
Mark: 

Second serve.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:22 Mark
10:23
Mark: 

30-0. Nice idea by Johnson, with the carved dropper, but the execution wasn’t quite there and it found the net.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:23 Mark
10:23
Mark: 

40-0. Three match points for Cilic, as he fires a FH dtl for a winner.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:23 Mark
10:24
Mark: 

GAME, SET, MATCH, CILIC!

Friday July 7, 2017 10:24 Mark
10:24
Mark: 

Service winner, and he is through to the fourth round, by 6-4, 7-6(3), 6-4.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:24 Mark
10:24
Mark: 

Muted celebration, as the crowd applauds them both.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:24 Mark
10:25
Mark: 

RBA awaits Cilic.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:25 Mark
10:26
Mark: 

Some stats: 17 aces to go with one double fault for Cilic. 8 and 6 for Johnson. 4/15 on BPs for Cilic. 2/2 for Johnson. 40 winners, 13 UEs for Cilic. 26 and 26 for Johnson.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:26 Mark
10:27
Mark: 

Johnson heads back to the locker room and waves. Cilic signing autographs. Much stronger from him here today than his opponent. Remains a real threat for the title.

Friday July 7, 2017 10:27 Mark
10:28
Mark: 

Thanks for joining me, folks. Greatly enjoyed bringing you the action. Tennis-Pulse is your source for more great action from the All England Club. Be sure to check in for the big matches when you can’t watch, and enjoy all of the articles of interest in the tennis world at large. Bye for now. Take care. -Mark

Friday July 7, 2017 10:28 Mark