Wimbledon Marin Cilic sees off battling Ricardas Berankis

US Open champion Marin Cilic avoided being a high-profile casualty at Wimbledon with a five-set win over Ricardas Berankis.

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Marin Cilic sees off battling Ricardas Berankis at Wimbledon play

Marin Cilic sees off battling Ricardas Berankis at Wimbledon

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Ninth seed Marin Cilic survived a big scare from Ricardas Berankis to progress to the third round of Wimbledon in a thrilling five-set match.

The US Open champion led by two sets to one against the world number 90, but the Lithuanian forced a decider before Cilic eventually prevailed 6-3 4-6 7-6 (8-6) 4-6 7-5.

Berankis displayed outstanding touch and accuracy with his groundstrokes in the fifth set, but let four crucial break points slip.

And Berankis eventually paid the price as he produced a double fault when match point down, with his second serve deflecting off the net cord and landing narrowly on the wrong side of the service line.

Cilic, who will now face 17th seed John Isner in the third round, told BBC Sport: "[It was] very thrilling. The match was really high quality. Ricardas was playing extremely well.

"There was a little bit of drama in the fifth set, I was saving break points, it was really entertaining to play."

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