wins Tennys match to reach second round
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[August 29, 2017]
By Rory Carroll
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Croatia's Marin
Cilic started strong and hung on to win his first match since his
emotional defeat in the Wimbledon final, besting American Tennys
Sandgren 6-4 6-3 3-6 6-3 on Monday to reach the second round of the
The 2014 U.S. Open champion moved well throughout the nearly
three-hour match and appeared unhindered by the adductor injury and
foot blisters that ailed him during his straight sets loss to Roger
Federer at the All England Club.
"I feel just a little bit rusty," fifth seed Cilic said in an
on-court interview after the match. "I need a few matches to get in
the rhythm. I was hitting some good shots and then making some
Cilic ended with 57 unforced errors, many coming from his wobbly
forehand, compared to 55 winners.
Sandgren, playing in just his second main draw of a grand slam, was
composed throughout the match but appeared to tire as the match wore
The 26-year-old American was ultimately unable to overcome the early
deficit and Cilic's powerful serve and punishing groundstrokes.
"Tennys was fighting quite hard even after I was up two sets to
love. The fourth set was a battle, especially the game at 4-3."
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Marin Cilic of Croatia celebrates celebrates point during win
against Tennys Sandgren of the U.S. in their first round match.
Sandgren sent a shot wide to hand Cilic a break and
end the over 10-minute game.
Cilic cracked his 11th ace to win the match in the next game and
punch his ticket to the second round.
Next up for Cilic in the second round is German Florian Mayer, a 7-5
0-6 6-3 6-4 winner over Brazil's Rogerio Dutra Silva.
(Reporting by Rory Carroll; Editing by Frank Pingue)
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