NEW YORK -- A resurgent and rejuvenated Marin Cilic advanced to the semifinals on Day 11, while a few familiar names will be contesting what will be a compelling doubles final match this weekend.
Marin Cilic puts the past behind him: A year ago, Cilic was sitting on his couch watching the U.S. Open. He had been suspended for an anti-doping violation, after reportedly accidentally ingesting a banned substance contained in over-the-counter glucose pills purchased by his mother. He served a four-month ban and returned to the tour last fall ranked at No. 41. He teamed up with Goran Ivanesevic and the Croatian great re-tooled his serve to turn it into a more effective weapon.
Cilic had a big serve but he didn't know how to use it effectively; however, it's all coming together here in New York. Cilic advanced to his second Slam semifinal with a 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (4) win over No. 7 Tomas Berdych. He's now won six consecutive sets off Berdych. The win came after a five-set win over Gilles Simon and a four set win over Kevin Anderson a round before. This is a calm and confident Cilic, and one who is holding serve easily this tournament. Against Berdych he routinely held serve in one-minute games, which loosened him up to go for big returns and break.
Bob and Mike Bryan book a spot in the final: Title No. 100 is still on the line as the twins advanced to their third U.S. Open in five years with a three set win over Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram. They'll play No. 11 seeds Marc Lopez and Marcel Granollers.
Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina into the doubles final: Makarova's great tournament continues. She and partner Vesnina are into the final with a win over Kimiko Date-Krumm and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova. They'll play...wait...do my eyes deceive me? Martina Hingis is into a Slam final. The Hall of Famer teamed up with Flavia Pennetta this time and the pair are into the final after beating Cara Black and Sania Mirza in straight sets. It's Hingis' first Slam final of any kind since she made both the doubles and singles finals at the 2002 Australian Open.
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Bob Bryan, on going for title No. 100: "We're not feeling the pressure to do it in any way. Because it's going to happen eventually. It's not like, Oh, my God. We're going to be stuck on 99 forever. We're both confident we'll knock down the title at some point. It would be cool to do it here."
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Daily draw sheet has a remarkable record of featuring players who have then lost. Today's cover boy : pic.twitter.com/Upcv1LmUsv— Jon Wertheim (@jon_wertheim) September 4, 2014
“Are you sure you didn’t just send too much time in the sun? Have you ever had a racket in your hand? This is a horrible call.” -Tomas— Lindsay Gibbs (@linzsports) September 4, 2014
When Berdych sees this after the match, he's going to be a little embarrassed. He's continuing to lay into her on the changeover.— Victoria Chiesa (@vrcsports) September 4, 2014