Cilic stuns Rublev to reach Australian Open 4th round

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Croatia's Marin Cilic (AFP)
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Former finalist Marin Cilic ended fifth seed Andrey Rublev's Australian Open hopes with an upset four-set victory to reach the fourth round on Saturday.

The experienced Croatian, seeded 27, knocked out the Russian 7-5, 7-6 (7/3), 3-6, 6-3 in 2hr 36min on Margaret Court Arena to book a place in the last 16.

It will be 33-year-old Cilic's eighth time in the fourth round at the Australian Open, where he was a beaten finalist to Roger Federer in 2018 after overcoming Rafael Nadal in the quarters.

Cilic will face Canada's ninth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime for a place in the quarter-finals.

"I've had a good start to the season, played two weeks of tennis in Adelaide, and I've had two good matches here before this one," Cilic said.

"The conditions in the evening were a bit cooler and allowed me to go more for my shots and I was really lining up a lot of them, especially the returns, it was really going well for me today.

"I'm feeling really excited, I'm playing amazing and just looking forward to the next match, which gets tougher and tougher with the opponents, but I will try to give it my best."

It was a superb clean-hitting performance from Cilic, the 2014 US Open champion, and he left Rublev shaking his head with some of his 55 winners.

It was Cilic's second win in six meetings with Rublev, who reached the quarter-finals of last year's Australian Open.

Collated results from Day 6 of the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament at Melbourne Park on Saturday:

Men's singles

3rd round

Alex De Minaur (AUS x32) bt Pablo Andujar (ESP) 6-4, 6-4, 6-2

Jannik Sinner (ITA x11) bt Taro Daniel (JPN) 6-4, 1-6, 6-3, 6-1

Taylor Fritz (USA x20) bt Roberto Bautista (ESP x15) 6-0, 3-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3

Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE x4) bt Benoit Paire (FRA) 6-3, 7-5, 6-7 (2/7), 6-4

Marin Cilic (CRO x27) bt Andrey Rublev (RUS x5) 7-5, 7-6 (7/3), 3-6, 6-3

Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN x9) bt Daniel Evans (GBR x24) 6-4, 6-1, 6-1

Maxime Cressy (USA) bt Christopher O'Connell (AUS) 6-2, 6-7 (6/8), 6-3, 6-2

Daniil Medvedev (RUS x2) bt Botic van de Zandschulp (NED) 6-4, 6-4, 6-2

Women's singles

3rd round

Danielle Collins (USA x27) bt Clara Tauson (DEN) 4-6, 6-4, 7-5

Elise Mertens (BEL x19) bt Zhang Shuai (CHN) 6-2, 6-2

Simona Halep (ROM x14) bt Danka Kovinic (MNE) 6-2, 6-1

Alize Cornet (FRA) bt Tamara Zidansek (SLO x29) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2

Iga Swiatek (POL x7) bt Daria Kasatkina (RUS x25) 6-2, 6-3

Sorana Cirstea (ROM) bt Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS x10) 6-3, 2-6, 6-2

Kaia Kanepi (EST) bt Maddison Inglis (AUS) 2-6, 6-2, 6-0

Aryna Sabalenka (BLR x2) bt Markta Vondrousova (CZE x31) 4-6, 6-3, 6-1

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