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Cilic routs Tsitsipas in Tokyo
Oct 3, 2017-
Top seed Marin Cilic made quick work of Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas on Monday, winning 6-3, 6-2 to reach the second round of Japan Open.
The towering Croatian, runner-up to Roger Federer at this year’s Wimbledon, took just 73 minutes to complete a one-sided victory in Tokyo against a player ranked 110 places below him. World No 5 Cilic, a former US Open champion, rifled eight aces and totally dominated on serve on a speedy hardcourt surface that suits his power game.
“He’s a good player, an upcoming star of men’s tennis, who forced me to find my best level and a good rhythm,” said Cilic, who won 24 of his 29 first service points and is looking to cement his place at the season-ending ATP Tour Finals in London. “At the end I was pleased with the way I served and how I played,” added Cilic, a semi-finalist in Tokyo last year.
South African Kevin Anderson, who was beaten by Rafa Nadal in the US Open final last month, ousted Frenchman Gilles Simon 6-2, 7-6. Fifth seed Anderson cracked 17 aces as he set up a meeting with American Ryan Harrison, a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 winner over teenage Japanese qualifier Yusuke Takahashi.
Elsewhere, controversial Australian Bernard Tomic recovered from a wobble to beat Portugal’s Joao Sousa 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in his first match since June, while Frenchman Adrian Mannarino dumped out another local favourite, Go Soeda, 7-5, 7-6. The Japan Open has been played since 1972 and its previous winners include a roll-call of
the game’s greats, including Ken Rosewall, John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, Roger Federer and Nadal.
Published: 03-10-2017 08:48