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Cilic Navigates Past Garin At The Queen’s Club

In last year’s Fever-Tree Championships final, Marin Cilic needed to save championship point before defeating Novak Djokovic to win the title. The Croatian was pushed on Monday, but not quite as far as he began his title defence.

Cilic defeated breakthrough Chilean Cristian Garin 6-1, 7-6(5) in one hour and 17 minutes to reach the second round at The Queen’s Club, where the Croat now holds a 30-9 record.

Cilic was in cruise control for most of the match against the 23-year-old, who claimed his first two ATP Tour titles earlier this year on clay. There were few extended rallies early on, with Cilic serving for the match at 5-3 in the second set. But a momentary lapse of concentration allowed Garin to gain confidence, and he took a 4/0 lead in the second-set tie-break. But the Chilean made a series of unforced errors, and Cilic took full advantage.

The fifth seed, who broke Garin’s serve four times, has advanced to at least the semi-finals at this ATP 500 tournament in each of his past three appearances, and five times overall. On top of his triumph last year, Cilic was victorious in 2012 and reached two additional finals (2013, ‘17).

This could be the jumpstart of Cilic’s season, as the 30-year-old has made just one quarter-final in 2019. He will next face Argentine Diego Schwartzman, who dismissed qualifier Alexander Bublik 6-2, 6-3 in 52 minutes.

Cilic has won two of the pair’s three FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings, although they have never played on grass. Cilic needed only 72 minutes to beat Schwartzman in Toronto last season.

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The first seeded player Cilic could face is fourth seed Daniil Medvedev, who snapped a five-match losing streak with a 6-2, 6-4 victory against Spaniard Fernando Verdasco. The Russian, who is at a career-high No. 13 in the ATP Rankings, saved all three break points he faced to avoid his fifth consecutive opening-round loss.

Medvedev ranks fifth on the ATP Tour with 26 wins this year, trailing only Rafael Nadal (32-5), Stefanos Tsitsipas (32-13), Novak Djokovic (28-6) and Roger Federer (27-4). He will play Frenchman Lucas Pouille or wild card Jay Clarke next.

Cilic Navigates Past Garin At The Queen’s Club

In last year’s Fever-Tree Championships final, Marin Cilic needed to save championship point before defeating Novak Djokovic to win the title. The Croatian was pushed on Monday, but not quite as far as he began his title defence.

Cilic defeated breakthrough Chilean Cristian Garin 6-1, 7-6(5) in one hour and 17 minutes to reach the second round at The Queen’s Club, where the Croat now holds a 30-9 record.

Cilic was in cruise control for most of the match against the 23-year-old, who claimed his first two ATP Tour titles earlier this year on clay. There were few extended rallies early on, with Cilic serving for the match at 5-3 in the second set. But a momentary lapse of concentration allowed Garin to gain confidence, and he took a 4/0 lead in the second-set tie-break. But the Chilean made a series of unforced errors, and Cilic took full advantage.

The fifth seed, who broke Garin’s serve four times, has advanced to at least the semi-finals at this ATP 500 tournament in each of his past three appearances, and five times overall. On top of his triumph last year, Cilic was victorious in 2012 and reached two additional finals (2013, ‘17).

This could be the jumpstart of Cilic’s season, as the 30-year-old has made just one quarter-final in 2019. He will next face Argentine Diego Schwartzman, who dismissed qualifier Alexander Bublik 6-2, 6-3 in 52 minutes.

Cilic has won two of the pair’s three FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings, although they have never played on grass. Cilic needed only 72 minutes to beat Schwartzman in Toronto last season.

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The first seeded player Cilic could face is fourth seed Daniil Medvedev, who snapped a five-match losing streak with a 6-2, 6-4 victory against Spaniard Fernando Verdasco. The Russian, who is at a career-high No. 13 in the ATP Rankings, saved all three break points he faced to avoid his fifth consecutive opening-round loss.

Medvedev ranks fifth on the ATP Tour with 26 wins this year, trailing only Rafael Nadal (32-5), Stefanos Tsitsipas (32-13), Novak Djokovic (28-6) and Roger Federer (27-4). He will play Frenchman Lucas Pouille or wild card Jay Clarke next.

GUARDIAN TENNIS: Andy Murray to make Queen’s doubles comeback against world’s best

GUARDIAN TENNIS: Andy Murray to make Queen’s doubles comeback against world’s best

• Scot faces Colombians Cabal and Farah
• Murray plans to play at Eastbourne

Rarely can a doubles draw have attracted so much interest as the one at the Queen’s Club in London on Saturday and, when the balls of fate dropped, Andy Murray and Feliciano López were matched against the best team in the world, Juan Sebastián Cabal and Robert Farah. They more than likely will play on Wednesday.

The Colombian hotshots won in Barcelona and Rome, reached the semi-finals at Roland Garros and are leading the race to London for the ATP World Tour Finals. It will not be a quiet hit in the park for Murray who is returning to the game after four months out, recovering from his second hip surgery.

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Former Champ Cilic Finds Winning Stride In Basel

Third seed Marin Cilic won his first tournament match since 3 September on Monday at the Swiss Indoors Basel. The 2016 champion routed #NextGenATP Canadian Denis Shapovalov 6-4, 6-2.

Cilic raced to a 4-0 lead in the first before Shapovalov came back. But the Croatian rode two breaks and benefitted from 23 unforced errors from the left-hander in the second set to reach the second round, where he’ll face Romanian Marius Copil, who beat Ryan Harrison of the U.S. 6-2, 7-6(8).

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Cilic, after reaching the US Open quarter-finals (l. to Nishikori), endured a pair of close losses during the Asian swing. The top seed twice served for the match in his Tokyo opener against Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff but fell in three sets. In Shanghai, Cilic held two match points but Chilean Nicolas Jarry sprung the upset.

The Croatian is looking to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals, to be held 11-18 November at The O2 in London, for the fourth time. Cilic is in sixth place in the ATP Race To London and next in line to qualify.

Earlier in Basel, #NextGenATP American Taylor Fritz earned his first Basel win, beating Serbian qualifier Laslo Djere 6-0, 7-5. Fritz will next face Swiss wild card Henri Laaksonen, who beat sixth seed Marco Cecchinato of Italy 6-4, 6-2.

The 20-year-old Fritz will make his debut at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan next month. Eight players will compete at the 21-and-under event, to be held 6-10 November at the Fiera Milano, and only two direct qualification spots remain. The eighth and final position will be reserved for the winner of an all-Italian qualifying tournament to finish 4 November.

 

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Zverev Fight To Reach Doubles QFs
Germans Alexander Zverev and Mischa Zverev battled back to beat Americans Nicholas Monroe and Jack Sock 4-6, 7-6(2), 10-4 in one hour and 35 minutes for a place in the quarter-finals. The brothers won five of the first six points in the Match tie-break.

Elsewhere, third seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau knocked out Dutchmen Robin Haase and Matwe Middelkoop 6-3, 6-4 in 55 minutes, while fourth seeds Rohan Bopanna and Marcel Granollers swept past Spanish qualifiers Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and David Marrero 6-1, 6-4 in 58 minutes.

Former Champ Cilic Finds Winning Stride In Basel

Third seed Marin Cilic won his first tournament match since 3 September on Monday at the Swiss Indoors Basel. The 2016 champion routed #NextGenATP Canadian Denis Shapovalov 6-4, 6-2.

Cilic raced to a 4-0 lead in the first before Shapovalov came back. But the Croatian rode two breaks and benefitted from 23 unforced errors from the left-hander in the second set to reach the second round, where he’ll face Romanian Marius Copil, who beat Ryan Harrison of the U.S. 6-2, 7-6(8).

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Cilic, after reaching the US Open quarter-finals (l. to Nishikori), endured a pair of close losses during the Asian swing. The top seed twice served for the match in his Tokyo opener against Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff but fell in three sets. In Shanghai, Cilic held two match points but Chilean Nicolas Jarry sprung the upset.

The Croatian is looking to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals, to be held 11-18 November at The O2 in London, for the fourth time. Cilic is in sixth place in the ATP Race To London and next in line to qualify.

Earlier in Basel, #NextGenATP American Taylor Fritz earned his first Basel win, beating Serbian qualifier Laslo Djere 6-0, 7-5. Fritz will next face Swiss wild card Henri Laaksonen, who beat sixth seed Marco Cecchinato of Italy 6-4, 6-2.

The 20-year-old Fritz will make his debut at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan next month. Eight players will compete at the 21-and-under event, to be held 6-10 November at the Fiera Milano, and only two direct qualification spots remain. The eighth and final position will be reserved for the winner of an all-Italian qualifying tournament to finish 4 November.

 

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Zverev Fight To Reach Doubles QFs
Germans Alexander Zverev and Mischa Zverev battled back to beat Americans Nicholas Monroe and Jack Sock 4-6, 7-6(2), 10-4 in one hour and 35 minutes for a place in the quarter-finals. The brothers won five of the first six points in the Match tie-break.

Elsewhere, third seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau knocked out Dutchmen Robin Haase and Matwe Middelkoop 6-3, 6-4 in 55 minutes, while fourth seeds Rohan Bopanna and Marcel Granollers swept past Spanish qualifiers Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and David Marrero 6-1, 6-4 in 58 minutes.