Marin Čilić has eliminated the 10th best player in the world from the Paris Masters to advance to the quarterfinals against Djokovic.
Croatia’ best tennis player Marin Čilić has progressed to the quarterfinals of the ATP Masters 1000 series tournament in Paris on Thursday after winning 7:6 (5), 6:4 over Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov in an hour and 51 minutes of play, reports Gol.hr on November 1, 2018.
Čilić took both sets to advance to the Paris quarterfinals against Djokovic
Čilić took the service of the Bulgarian player immediately at the start of the match, though Dimitrov returned the service. The first set was fairly even and went to a tie-break where Čilic won four consecutive points and secured the first set win.
The equilibrium of the set was also shown by the fact that Čilić used only one of his nine break opportunities, and Dimitrov only one of five.
In the second set, Dimitrov immediately lost his service and Čilic keeps his advantage until the end. At a 5-4 lead on Dimitrov’s service, Čilić missed two match points, though he ultimately got the match.
This was the fifth match between Čilić, the world No. 7 player, and Dimitrov, the world No. 10. This was also the fourth win for the Croatian tennis player.
Čilić will face Novak Djokovic in the Paris Masters quarterfinals
Čilić’s rival in the quarterfinals will be Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic, who defeated Bosnian-Herzegovinian tennis player Damir Džumhur in the round of 16.
Džumhur pulled out from the match due to back pain at 6: 1, 2:1 for the Serbian tennis player after 55 minutes of play.
Djokovic, who will again be the No.1 tennis player in the world on Monday, and Čilić have played 17 times so far. Djokovic has celebrated in 15 matches, and the last duel being at the Masters in Cincinnati earlier this year.