Cilic dumped out of 2018 Wimbledon Open (photo credit: BBC)

Marin Cilic has crashed out of the 2018 Wimbledon Open after letting a two-set lead slip in a second-round defeat by Argentina’s Guido Pella.

Pella, the world number 82, won 3-6 1-6 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 7-5.

Advertise With Us

Cilic, who was last year’s beaten finalist, was in control of the game before rain halted play on Wednesday evening.

However, on the resumption, Pella was the better, wrapping up the third set and taking the fourth on a tie-break.

His next opponent is American world number 103 Mackenzie Mcdonald who will also be making his first appearance in the last 32 of a major.

“The rain coming helped me a lot,” the 28-year-old told BBC Sport.

“Yesterday he was playing so, so well and I couldn’t do anything.

“Today, I started to play more aggressively and fight for every ball and that is why I won.

“Grass isn’t my favourite surface but I started to feel more confident and served a lot better.”