Cilic, Thiem record wins


Jun 1, 2018-

Title challengers Marin Cilic and Dominic Thiem struggled into the French Open last 32 on Thursday.

Third seed Cilic reached the third round for the eighth time with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-7 3/7), 7-5 win over Polish qualifier and world No 188 Hubert Hurkacz. Former US Open champion Cilic, who reached the quarter-finals in Paris last year, will face Steve Johnson of the United States for a place in the last 16.

However, it was a roller-coaster of a performance by newly-wed Cilic who cracked 48 winners but also 52 unforced errors. He also squandered a match point in the third set. “I was in control but played a poor third set so I had to start all over again,” said 29-year-year-old Cilic after his 20th match win of the season. “I had to be positive, positive, positive. I screamed just to let it all out and I got the break in the 11th game.”

Seventh seeded Thiem, a semi-finalist in 2016 and 2017, racked up his 31st win of the year. The Austrian, the only man to beat world No 1 Rafael Nadal on clay this year, saw off Greek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 in a match which had been suspended overnight after the third set. Next up for Thiem is Italy’s Matteo Berrettini.

Highly-rated Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov was knocked out by Germany’s Maximilian Marterer 5-7, 7-6 (7/4), 7-5, 6-4. World No 70 Marterer, 22, has now reached the third round at successive Grand Slam events and will face Estonian lucky loser Jurgen Zopp.

Spanish third seed Garbine Muguruza, the 2016 champion, was too strong for France’s number 257 Fiona Ferro 6-4, 6-3. “She was unknown to me. It’s always tricky when you face a French, a young, talented player,” said Wimbledon champion Muguruza. Meanwhile, Australian 24th seed Daria Gavrilova came back from a set and 5-2 down, saving a match point in the process, to defeat America’s Bernarda Pera 5-7, 7-5, 6-3.

On Wednesday, second seed Alexander Zverev staged a fightback to win a five-setter with Dusan Lajovic. The German world No 3 Zverev found himself in deep trouble when trailing by two sets to one against Lajovic, but the Serbian ran out of gas as it finished 2-6, 7-5, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2. The 21-year-old, a winner of three Masters titles, is yet to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final and was knocked out in the first round at Roland Garros last year.

But Zverev moved into the third round for the second time, where he will play Bosnian 26th seed Damir Dzumhur, as he looks to become the first German man to win the title since 1937. Fourth seed Grigor Dimitrov went the distance, too, eventually coming through a marathon with American Jared Donaldson 6-7 (2/7), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 10-8. Japan’s Kei Nishikori beat Frenchman Benoit Paire, winning 6-3, 2-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.


Selected results

Men’s Singles

R Gasquet (FRA x27) bt M Jaziri (TUN) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, 6-0; M Marterer (GER) bt D Shapovalov (CAN x24) 5-7, 7-6 (7/4), 7-5, 6-4; M Zverev (GER) bt S Stakhovsky (UKR) 6-3, 6-7 (0/7), 7-6 (7/2), 6-1; K Anderson (RSA x6) bt P Cuevas (URU) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4; M Cilic (CRO x3) bt H Hurkacz (POL) 6-2, 6-2, 6-7 (2/7), 7-5; F Fognini (ITA x18) bt Elias Ymer (SWE) 6-4, 6-1, 6-2; D Thiem (AUT x7) bt S Tsitsipas (GRE) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4

Women’s Singles

S Halep (ROU x1) bt T Townsend (USA) 6-3, 6-1; A Petkovic (GER) bt B Mattek-Sands (USA) 6-0, 7-6 (7/5); G Muguruza (ESP x3) bt F Ferro (FRA) 6-4, 6-3; S Stosur (AUS) bt A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS x30) 6-2, 7-6 (7/1); M Rybarikova (SVK x19) bt B Bencic (SUI) 6-2, 6-4; L Tsurenko (UKR) bt Coco Vandeweghe (USA x15) 3-6, 6-4, 6-0; M Sharapova (RUS x28) bt D Vekic (CRO) 7-5, 6-4; K Pliskova (CZE x6) bt L Safarova (CZE) 3-6, 6-4, 6-1

Published: 01-06-2018 08:05

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