It was far from easy going for the Olympic gold medallist who had to fight back from a break and 5-1 down in the second set to clinch this taught quarter-final. Cilic, who had won only one of the last seven meetings between the pair, raced into a shock lead, winning the first set 6-3 and taking a 5-1 lead in the second.
Murray though, displaying resolve and discipline that has, in previous years, been absent from his game, fought back to claim the second set 7-6 on a tie break. He then found his stride and stormed through to take the third set 6-2 and the fourth and final set to love, winning 17 of the last 20 games.
“He played very well at the start and I struggled,” Murray told The Guardian of his disastrous opening to the match. “When I managed to get the breaks back in the second set I relaxed a little bit. I’ve been in that position before. It was nice at the end when the court filled up.”
Next up for Murray is Tomas Berdych in the semi final.