WIMBLEDON, England — Marin Cilic of Croatia outlasted Sam Querrey of the United States 17-15 in the fifth set after 5½ hours of play Saturday to reach Wimbledon’s fourth round for the first time since 2008.
“A little tired, but it was a good match,” Querrey said. “It was a fun match. I had my chances, but (he) kind of came through at the end.”
Had the match gone on much longer, it would have been suspended because of darkness and not resumed until Monday, as the middle Sunday is traditionally an off-day at Wimbledon.
“It was getting dark, so I think if we would have stayed another 10, 15 minutes, it definitely would went to Monday,” Cilic said. “I felt I had a lot of chances in that third, fourth, and fifth set always close, close to him and on his serves, but never really finding the one point that could really make a difference. So it was especially difficult in the end to always stay focused and concentrated to do what you need to do, especially when playing that long not to miss some easy balls on your serve.”
It was the kind of match that would have created quite a buzz around the All England Club prior to 2010. Now though, things aren’t quite the same.