Rafael Nadal rallies from set down to beat Marin Cilic in Basel [PHOTOS]

Third seed Rafael Nadal rallied from a set down to defeat seventh seed Croat Marin Cilic 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the Swiss Indoors Basel quarter-finals on Friday night.

Our champ will next face Richard Gasquet, who  saved one match point to defeat Ivo Karlovic 6-4, 6-7(2), 7-6(6), for a place in the final.

More to follow…


  1. Congratulations on your great win against Cilic Rafa: I am thrilled for you. Keep going Rafa. I pray you remain in good health ==both body and attitude. You are such a genuine person. It is such a quality and it shines through. I wish you the very best in the semifinal tomorrow as well as the best of luck. God bless you. Love, Marylynn

  2. What a great fight again. These wins are so important for Rafa and his confidence. 2016 will be hopefully Rafas year! Vamos <3 <3 <3

  3. Big Congrats for our champion Rafael Nadal and for all Rafa fans, once again Rafa proves me that i was wrong, I was so scared that Rafa will lose the match against Cilic after Rafa lost the 1st set 4-6 and down 0-2 at the 2nd set.. I prefered go to sleep and ikeep praying for him as always. Finally, after i wake up this morning, I got the news that Rafa won, Oh thanks God!! God is good and help Rafa win this match, I am so happy as a Rafa fan . Let’s pray for Rafa’s next match in semis. @ Elizabeth Howard, I am very proud of you, you are a trully Rafa Fan, I admire you as a Rafa fan , I have read all your comment about Rafa. You always support Rafa through his good and bad times for many years. And you can counter all the bad comments from Rafa hater also, hahaha, Rafa should be very proud of you. Nice to have you Elizabeth as a Rafa fan.

  4. I have a difficult time finding the time of the matches that are outside the United State. . I go to the suggested websites, but recently they have been incorrect , so I have missed the last 2 of Rafa’s matches. I would appreciate any assistance I can get with this.

  5. I missed that one. Sometimes I can’ bear to watch, scared that he may lose. My blood pressure rises when that happens, so I just wait for the news.

    • don’t worry just enjoy Rafa game he’s so exciting to look at I get my heart rate up myself but I yell at him on the TV and say come on ! Rafa you can do it ! and I talk so much in my living room all by myself. Was an exciting match he’s a champion to the heart and willed himself to win to the last point !

  6. Este es el Rafa de siempre!!! El que nos tenia acostumbrados a ganar cuando parecia que podia perder! Excelente partido y fantastico para su confianza! Cilic no es ningun manco, asi que doble merito!!! GRANDE Rafa!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Yes, semi final it is v gasquet, all the very best Rafa, you are doing just fine😀😄👻😀😄👻

  8. How can you not love this man, the heart of a lion and so strong mentally. All coming together nicely.To come back from two games down and win the second set was inspirational .Great victory/ Cilic is a fine player and he was playing on his best surface but he wilted under Rafael’s improved game and the pressure.
    Sky Sports commentators were so irritating, all for Cilic and only rarely acknowledging Rafael’s performance. Turned down the sound. Nice to see Richard Gasquet win, one of the really good guys who plays beautiful tennis. He and Rafael are friends.

    • To Elizabeth Howard. You observe so many things with which I agree. Especially regarding the inner strength of our beloved Rafa. Yes he really is beloved. Iwrote on another of the Rafa feeds that he absolutely lightens up my life watching his courageous attitude. Along with his grace in small acts. Did you catch the way he took the sweat towel from the little ball girl and cleaned up hisown sweat! My kind of man. He then wiped his own brow with the sametowel. Little things tell us a lot.
      He is a joy! Re commentators, couldn’t agree more. I tootrn them down low, keep fingers and toes crossed and pray hard. To the lady who gets nervous watching him. You are not alone….we all do. Best wishes to all youother Rafites.
      jean Palmer Winnipeg. Manitoba Canada. Born not far from Wimbledon though so I go back a long way back in studying tennis players.

    • I’m sure Cilic is also aware what a champion Rafa is on the other side of the court ! very intimidating also Rafa is a warrior on court, when he’s on top of his game players are nervous to play Rafa, gotta love him. Cilic is just a player not really a big time champion a one slam winner because none of the top four were in 2014 US Open

    That’s our star! Well done Rafa! Can’t wait to see you in 2 months time in Australia doing the same thing; wining and showing everyone who really RAFA is!

  10. Vamos Rafa! Amazing play…. The final set was perfection, taking the short balls early and wonderful footwork. Another semi final! Vamos our Champ!

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