Re: Washington QF: Cilic def. Tipsarevic 7-6(4) 6-4
Tipsarevic was fairly passive, just scrambling around behind the baseline a lot of the match. He let Cilic take control of most rallies, apparently by design (presuming a degree of rust?).
Almost worked for Tips though, he was totally secure behind serve all first set, Cilic didn't even get to deuce. Tips had a bp, missed it, and in the tb got very nervous and made a pile of errors. Second set the same, had another bp, missed it. Then at 3-3 40-0 just exploded, 4 straight errors out of nowhere to gift Cilic his first bp in the match.
Cilic was a mixed bag - teeing off OK on Tips' passive rubbish, but a lot of mis-hits off the forehand, and poor footwork for the backhand. Returned pretty badly also, although serve was pretty good, especially his kick second ball which Tips kept jumping at and putting beyond the baseline.