Jo-Wilfried Tsonga - Marin Cilic
US Open men - 8 September 2015
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Tsonga 4-6 4-6 6-3 7-6 4-6 Cilic: Game, set and match! Cilic finally gets the job done on the fifth of his match points, Tsonga going just long with a forehand down the centre of the court. Defending champion Cilic looks about as animated as he ever does. Tsonga, meanwhile, looks totally deflated as he swiftly leaves the court.
Tsonga 4-6 4-6 6-3 7-6 4-5 Cilic: A groan goes up around the crowd as Cilic slaps down a double fault on his fourth match point to allow Tsonga to level back at deuce. The Frenchman then produces a exquiste point to earn himself a break back chance, brilliant use of slice keeping Cilic on his backhand before a booming inside out forehand from Tsonga drawing the backhand wide down the line from his opponent. Cilic denies Tsonga with a high backhand volley winner. A short, angled forehand winner right on to the sideline, and probably slightly closer than needed, brings up a fifth match point for Cilic...
Tsonga 4-6 4-6 6-3 7-6 3-4 Cilic: But Tsonga manages to hold, despite Cilic throwing absolutely everything at his returns.
Tsonga 4-6 4-6 6-3 7-6 2-4 Cilic: Cilic must feel like he's free-wheeling downhill now. He's got that break, his serve is unbreakable. Or is it?
Tsonga 4-6 4-6 6-3 7-6 2-3 Cilic: Then a fired-up Cilic breaks to love and Tsonga's head drops.
Tsonga 4-6 4-6 6-3 2-2 Cilic: An ace for Marin Cilic to hold his serve again.
Tsonga 4-6 4-6 6-3 7-6 1-1 Cilic: So with serve in the final set, as the Williams sisters lurk and the TV companies seethe.
Tsonga 4-6 4-6 6-3 7-6 Cilic: Gosh. He's saved three match points and he's taking this the distance.
Cilic challenges a call amazingly - his serve was probably half a millimetre on the line according to HawkEye, and social media immediately explodes with discussion about the system's margin of error.
Tsonga 4-6 4-6 6-4 6-6 Cilic: Cilic misses his third match-point and we're going to a tie-break!
Tsonga 4-6 4-6 6-3 5-5 Cilic: Tsonga came so close to throwing that away. After so much hard work, he ties himself in knots and concedes two match points - which he saves.
Tsonga 4-6 4-6 6-3 4-5 Cilic: Really don't know how this is going to go now. Neither man giving an inch, Tsonga knowing he's running out of time to save himself and Cilic fearing the loss of his title.
Tsonga 4-6 4-6 6-4 4-4 Cilic: Amazing forehand down the line from Tsonga to deceive Cilic and take the game.
Tsonga 4-6 4-6 6-3 3-3 Cilic: This is getting more and more intriguing by the second in terms of the match position if not necessarily in terms of the tennis.
Tsonga 4-6 4-6 6-3 2-3 Cilic: Tsonga's pressurising the Cilic serve but not looking like breaking it in this fourth - the defending champ is clinging on for dear life.
Tsonga's bouncing on his tip-toes, keeping that knee moving.
Tsonga 4-6 4-6 6-3 1-1 Cilic: Two quick holds again at the start of the fourth set. Can Tsonga maintain the intensity he showed in the third?
Tsonga 4-6 4-6 6-3 Cilic: Really firing now, Tsonga whips this third set away from Cilic. Great display of serving.
Tsonga 4-6 4-6 5-3 Cilic: A spark of life from Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and the crowd respond with a roar!
Tsonga 4-6 4-6 4-3 Cilic: The pair welcome the opportunity for a sit down and a quick neck of energy gel as well as the ice towels.
Tsonga 4-6 4-6 3-3 Cilic: Cilic holds to love, so no, Tsonga can't do anything with the serve.
Tsonga 4-6 4-6 3-2 Cilic: Tsonga's hold means he stays ever so slightly in front in this third - can he do better on the Cilic serve now?
Tsonga 4-6 4-6 2-2 Cilic: Tsonga drops a break-point, much to the crowd's disappointment, and Cilic holds.
Tsonga 4-6 4-6 2-1 Cilic: Tricky on the diagonal from Tsonga to leave Cilic stranded and secure the hold.
Tsonga 4-6 4-6 1-1 Cilic: Swift hold for Cilic. Yeah, we're back in that routine.
Tsonga 4-6 4-6 1-0 Cilic: With his left knee freshly taped, Tsonga is inspired to another quick love service game.
Tsonga is leaning forward in his chair and has called for medical assistance.
Tsonga 4-6 4-6 Cilic: Tsonga stands stock-still as Cilic powers a shot down to his right to hold to love and take the set.
Tsonga 4-6 4-5 Cilic: Quick hold, and we're waiting now for Cilic to serve for the set. That came round quickly.
Tsonga 4-6 3-5 Cilic: Cilic holds to guarantee a chance at serving for the second set.
Tsonga 4-6 3-4 Cilic: Tsonga takes his time getting up from his chair after this game. He needs to organise his thoughts.
Tsonga 4-6 2-4 Cilic: Ace down the line from Cilic and Tsonga is losing grasp on this set.
Tsonga 4-6 2-3 Cilic: I'm noting otherwise. Double fault from Tsonga gives Cilic the break.
Tsonga 4-6 2-2 Cilic: Cilic holds. Maybe just assume everyone holds his serve unless I note otherwise.
Tsonga 4-6 2-1 Cilic: Some more discussion between the umpire and Tsonga here, but it seems to have settled down.
Tsonga 4-6 1-1 Cilic: I wish I spoke better French, then I'd be able to understand what Tsonga and the umpire are saying to each other. It sounds rather heated.
Tsonga 4-6 1-0 Cilic: Tsonga regroups at the start of the second.
Tsonga 4-6 Cilic: Straightforward serve out for Cilic, who is moving much better now after that tentative start.
Tsonga 4-5 Cilic: A bellow from Marin Cilic as he becomes the first man this tournament to break Tsonga.
Tsonga 4-4 Cilic: Fairly subdued in the stands at the moment as this pair continue to test out each other's serves.
Tsonga 4-3 Cilic: A couple of aces to save face after a double-fault.
Tsonga 3-3 Cilic: A wobble for Cilic, two break-points for Tsonga, but he gathers himself, serving to the Frenchman's backhand and recovering.
Tsonga 3-2 Cilic: Double-fault on the Tsonga serve to concede break-point, but he sorts himself out and holds.
Tsonga 2-2 Cilic: Hmm, that serve isn't as quick as it is usually, but there's still some noteworthy power there.
Tsonga 2-1 Cilic: Not even a sniff of a point against serve yet.
Tsonga 1-1 Cilic: When you can serve like that, you don't need to run, though.
Tsonga 1-0 Cilic: A hold to love, and Cilic is moving gingerly on the right ankle which is strapped in a brace.