Marin Cilic’s stay was extended in Russian territory, making him a player who adapts well to the indoor. Nothing new except that he reached a final for the second consecutive week in tournaments that, for example, had Andrey Rublev and Denis Shapovalov as favorites.
The Croatian gave an account in the semis of the ATP 250 of Saint Petersburg to the Dutch Botic Van de Zandschulp, number 69 of the world and that he entered the main draw through the previous one, 6-3 and 6-3 in 67 minutes of play.
In the other semifinal, Taylor Fritz, fifth seed, started badly and finished very well. He dropped the German Jan-Lennard Struff with partials of 5-7, 6-1 and 6-3 after two hours of long running.
There is only one precedent between the two that ended in a victory for the American in Indian Wells 2017.