MELBOURNE, Australia | Verdasco double-faults away match point; Cilic wins 5-setter

18Jan - by Editor - 0 - In STL.News

MELBOURNE, Australia—Jan 18, 2019— Fernando Verdasco‘s jaw dropped and he grabbed at a tuft of his hair, struggling to understand how he could have just double-faulted to fritter away a match point against Marin Cilic at the Australian Open.

That was part of quite a collapse by Verdasco, who also wasted an earlier match point in the fourth-set tiebreaker and let 2018 runner-up Cilic construct a 4-6, 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (8), 6-3 comeback in a third-round match that began Friday night and ended more than 4 hours later at nearly 1 a.m.

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