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SHOWCASE-Tennis-Gilles Muller v Marin Cilic - player profiles
July 12, 2017 / 2:04 AM / 5 months ago

SHOWCASE-Tennis-Gilles Muller v Marin Cilic - player profiles

LONDON, July 12 (Reuters) - Here’s a look at the form and previous records of Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller and Marin Cilic of Croatia ahead of their quarter-final match at Wimbledon on Wednesday (prefix number denotes seeding):

16-Gilles Muller (Luxembourg)

The veteran left-hander is bidding to reach his first grand slam semi-final on his 37th appearance at a major. The 34-year-old pulled off one of the biggest shocks of the tournament when he beat Rafael Nadal to reach the quarter-finals, but he has never won consecutive matches against top 10 players at a grand slam. His win over fourth seed Nadal ended a 10-match losing streak against top 10 players at the majors, but he has lost both of his previous encounters with Cilic, including on grass at London’s Queen’s Club last month.

7-Marin Cilic (Croatia)

Cilic is bidding to reach his fourth grand slam semi-final, but his first at Wimbledon. The seventh seed has not dropped a set so far at this year’s championships and has an impressive record against left-handed opposition at the majors, winning 12 matches and losing once. His solitary defeat came against Rafael Nadal in the last 16 of the Australian Open in 2011. The 28-year-old will be looking to banish painful memories from last year’s quarter-final at SW19, when he squandered a two-set lead and three match points against Roger Federer. (Writing by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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