GAME, SET AND MATCH!- CILIC (5)6-7 7-6(1) 6-3 (3)6-7 6-1 KUKUSHKIN. The defending champion makes the fourth round after a monumental tussle with Kukushkin who for long spells looked capable of repeating his giant-killing antics that saw off Grigor Dimitrov. Cilic squandered countless chances to make life easier for himself and at the very end needed to fight off double break point before serving out with an ace.
Marin Cilic - Mikhail Kukushkin
US Open men - 4 September 2015
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CILIC (5)6-7 7-6(1) 6-3 (3)6-7 5-1 KUKUSHKIN. Mikhail hits back from 0-30 to at least avoid the ignominy of the bagel. A stunning crosscourt winner on the run will surely be his last hurrah as Cilic prepares to serve this out.
CILIC (5)6-7 7-6(1) 6-3 (3)6-7 5-0 KUKUSHKIN. A hold to 15 for Cilic who is set to come through this huge test of his title defence. He's one game away and EVEN this topsy-turvy match is over bar the shouting.
BREAK! - CILIC (5)6-7 7-6(1) 6-3 (3)6-7 4-0 KUKUSHKIN. Surely now, Marin Cilic? It's a double break for the Croatian as Mikhail leans his back against the wall, despondently looking at the floor.
SET!- CILIC (5)6-7 7-6(1) 6-3 (3)6-7 KUKUSHKIN. It's 2-2 and Kukushkin is fired up for another deciding set as the underdog. The Kazakhstan hopeful refused to give up and took advantage of some sloppy play from Cilic to take the TB 7-3. Who is your money on now? So hard to call.
TIE BREAK!- CILIC (5)6-7 7-6(1) 6-3 6-6 KUKUSHKIN. Cilic holds and we are down to a third TB from four sets. Can Mikhail force a decider?
CILIC (5)6-7 7-6(1) 6-3 5-5 KUKUSHKIN. A pulsating game ends with Mikhail blazing just long of the baseline as Cilic holds from deuce. The Kazakhstan underdog has a troublesome ankle problem taped up and is just going for his shots which is leading to some great winners. But Cilic has produced some of his own and you'd still expect the champion to eventually get over the line here.
CILIC (5)6-7 7-6(1) 6-3 4-5 KUKUSHKIN. Dogged stuff from Mikhail. Cilic has two break opportunities but he can't convert to give himself the chance to serve out the match. Kukushkin toils a bit but gets the game on the board and remains alive for now.
CILIC (5)6-7 7-6(1) 6-3 3-4 KUKUSHKIN. The Kazakhstan hopeful breaks back and holds to 15 as this match takes another twist. Cilic looked to have it in the bag but can't keep any real run of consistency. Credit to Mikhail too. Many would have trailed off here but he refuses to go down without a real fight.
CILIC (5)6-7 7-6(1) 6-3 2-0 KUKUSHKIN. Marin threatening to crush Mikhail's spirit now as he makes the early breakthrough in the fourth before holding with ease. The defending champion has had some big scares here but looks to have finally got his groove on.
SET! - CILIC (5)6-7 7-6(1) 6-3 KUKUSHKIN. No issues this time around as Cilic roars through a strong service game to seal the set.
BREAK! - CILIC (5)6-7 7-6(1) 5-3 KUKUSHKIN. And just when you thought a third TB was inevitable, Cilic breaks! The Croatian will now serve for a 2-1 lead. Can he make it count?
CILIC (5)6-7 7-6(1) 3-2 KUKUSHKIN. Still with serve in the third. Cilic crashes home a 12th ace on his way to a routine game to 15.
SET! - CILIC (5)6-7 7-6(1) KUKUSHKIN. An up and down set for Cilic - but there was no messing around in the TB. The Croatian screams approval at himself as he rampages through a very one-sided showdown, clinching it 7-1 to make it one-set all. Mikhail will be lamenting what might have been after serving for a two-set lead and then failing to convert a pair of set points in the 12th game.
TIE BREAK! - CILIC (5)6-7 6-6 KUKUSHKIN. What a crazy, unpredictable and thoroughly entertaining match this is proving to be. One of the most precise forehands you'll see drops right in the corner at the baseline for Kukushkin before he lashes a crosscourt backhand winner to tee up two set points. Cilic responds and thunders down three first serves before a wide ace secures the TB.
CILIC (5) 6-7 5-6 KUKUSHKIN. Mikhail has cleared his head of the disappointment of not securing this set and rattles down a seventh ace of the match on his way to a hold for the loss of one point. Cilic will serve to force the second TB of the contest.
CILIC (5) 6-7 5-5 KUKUSHKIN. The smart money was on the TB all along.... Cilic has found some real form at a crucial moment. A hold to 15 and we are all square.
BREAK! - CILIC (5) 6-7 4-5 KUKUSHKIN. A magnificent couple of games for Marin as he finds his feet at just the right time, taking seven out of eight points to break back and take advantage of a tight service routine from Kukushkin. That game could yet prove pivotal in the context of the match.
CILIC (5) 6-7 3-5 KUKUSHKIN. The Croatian makes short work of a love hold. Over to Kukushkin to serve for a two-set lead against the champion.
CILIC (5) 6-7 2-5 KUKUSHKIN. The. Shock. Is. ON! Kukushkin follows up the sixth game break with a solid hold to consolidate. A fist pump and a roar of delight towards his corner. The defending champion must serve to stay in the second set.
CILIC (5) 6-7 2-3 KUKUSHKIN. Baby Fed's conqueror is looking better and better here. This would be an even bigger scalp of course. Lots of tennis to be played yet no doubt, but Cilic certainly has some food for thought. My money's on another TB.
CILIC (5) 6-7 1-2 KUKUSHKIN. Still on serve in the second as Kukushkin holds to 15. He's looking very solid. Cilic needs to up his game here.
CILIC (5) 6-7 0-1 KUKUSHKIN. The confidence is oozing from Mikhail right now. He's getting under Cilic's skin a bit and keeps clam and composed to edge in front at the start of the second.
SET! - CILIC (5)6-7 KUKUSHKIN. Marin slams his racket against the floor in disappointment. At 6-4 down he faces two set points but gets a lifeline as Kukushkin opts to leave a lob that drops in. The Croatian serves to level but tries a dropshot that doesn't come off, resulting in an act of frustration you'd expect for such a bizarre choice of shot on a crucial point.
CILIC 6-6 KUKUSHKIN. He makes hard work of it, but Kukushkin earns himself the TB with a rasping forehand winner. At 40-15 he's cruising before a sexy dropshot from Cilic is followed by a double fault for deuce. The Kazakhstan takes a deep breath and pulls away to take it to the wire.
CILIC 6-5 KUKUSHKIN. All eyes back on Kukushkin as Cilic finds some rhythm in timely fashion, lashing down some of his big guns to take the game to 15. Mikhail must now hold to force the TB.
CILIC 5-5 KUKUSHKIN. Mikhail drags himself level and this opener is still anyone's. At 30-30 Cilic has Kukushkin sweating but then contrives to mis-time a forehand into the net. An intriguing rally concludes the game in favour of the unseeded player as Cilic again slams a forehand into the net. The Marin of 12 months ago would already be a set to the good here....
BREAK! - CILIC 5-4 KUKUSHKIN. A wasteful Cilic grimaces while the Kazakhstani fist pumps in delight. The inconsistency of this first set is making it tough to call. You'd usually put your house on Marin to serve it out there, but he contrives to allow Kukushkin a way back into this, although the underdog still needs to hold to pull level.
BREAK! - CILIC 5-3 KUKUSHKIN. A belting backhand tees up break point at 30-40 but Cilic follows it up with a shot beyond the baseline from the same side that appears to let Kukushkin off the hook. Marin has other ideas, however, and piles on more pressure to get what will surely be the crucial break at the end of this first set. The defending champion will now serve for it.
CILIC 4-3 KUKUSHKIN. Still a bit of a mixed bag from Cilic. When the first serve lands in he invariably snares a quick point, but when it doesn't he's having some problems. At 40-30 he double faults to give Kukushkin more reason for optimism before conjuring a timely second serve of quality to snatch back the momentum and secure a hard-fought hold.
CILIC 3-3 KUKUSHKIN. A hold to 15 for Kukushkin. Both players still settling and trying to suss each other out.
CILIC 3-2 KUKUSHKIN. Wow! That was super fast from Marin. A cluster of big first serves do all the damage as he rampages to a love hold in a matter of seconds!
CILIC 2-2 KUKUSHKIN. An angry reaction from Mikhail as he thrashes the ball away after passing up the chance to consolidate. A double fault leaves him with it all to do from 0-30 but he battles back and has a couple of chances to seal the game before losing his nerve. Cilic pounces and secures the immediate break back.
BREAK! - CILIC 1-2 KUKUSHKIN. The Kazakhstan hopeful suggests he's after more giant-killing headlines as he snares the early break to love. A net cord goes against Cilic allowing Mikhail to swoop in and tee up triple break point. A ferocious return on a second serve then finishes the job as the defending champion pays the price for a below par game.
CILIC 1-1 KUKUSHKIN. Mikhail drops the first point on serve but recovers quickly to take the next three before lashing down an ace to get on the board. Solid start from both players here.
CILIC 1-0 KUKUSHKIN. An ideal start for the Croatian as he thunders down a series of supreme serves before Kukushkin drives long of the baseline to conclude a quick-fire opener.
The players are on court and have concluded the warm up. Cilic will serve first.