Croatia’s best tennis player Marin Čilić qualified on Thursday for the quarterfinals of the Masters Series tournament in Madrid after defeating Serbian tennis player Laslo Đere 4:6, 6:3, 6:2 in the third round after two hours and ten minutes of play.
Marin Čilić lost the first set after Laslo Đere won a break to take a 5:4 lead and then won on his own serve. Even though Čilić lost on his own first serve in the second set he played more confidently and otok the opportunity to win a break and level the score at 3:3, after which he won the next three games in a row for a score of 6:3. In the third set the Croat played much better winning breaks at 2:1 and at 4:1. Đere then won the game he served after which Čilić calmly ended the match in his favor.
Čilić served 12 aces during the match while Đere served three. The Croatian tennis player was more effective on the first serve (82% to Đere’s 60%) and saved eight of ten break points, while he also won four breaks.
In the quarterfinal Čilić faces world number one ranked Novak Đoković of Serbia.