Singapore Open: Croatia’s Marin Cilic beats Taro Daniel in straight units to enter quarter-finals

Singapore Open: Croatia’s Marin Cilic beats Taro Daniel in straight units to enter quarter-finals

Third seed Cilic, who obtained a bye within the first spherical, ended a four-match dropping streak since November to stay on the right track for his nineteenth ATP singles title.

Singapore Open: Croatia's Marin Cilic beats Taro Daniel in straight sets to enter quarter-finals

File picture of Marin Cilic. AP

Singapore: Croatia’s Marin Cilic swept apart Japan’s Taro Daniel in straight units 7-5, 6-4 to advance to the quarter-finals on the Singapore Open.

Third seed Cilic, who obtained a bye within the first spherical, ended a four-match dropping streak since November to stay on the right track for his nineteenth ATP singles title.

The 2014 US Open champion raced to a 3-1 lead after holding serve however an unforced error from Cilic’s backhand handed Daniel the break, bringing the match again degree to 4-4.

A superbly timed backhand winner then gave Cilic three set factors earlier than he closed out the opening set 7-5 in 55 minutes.

Serving for the match at 5-4 within the second set, Cilic fired a giant unreturned serve and two consecutive aces to provide himself three match factors. He went on to shut the match with a forehand winner on his third match level.

“It is the start of the season and clearly nonetheless feeling a little bit rusty. However it was vital to compete nicely at present. It was a job nicely achieved and a outcome that I undoubtedly wanted for the beginning of the event,” stated Cilic.

Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik will even head into the quarter-finals after cruising to a 6-2, 6-2 win over Turkey’s Altug Celikbilek.

Within the different singles matches, Italy’s Roberto Marcora beat Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis 7-5, 6-4 whereas Bulgarian wildcard Adrian Andreev was dumped out by Australia’s Alexei Popyrin after dropping 1-6, 7-5, 3-6.

Organisers in the meantime introduced that as much as 250 followers a day will likely be allowed to observe the weekend’s semi-finals and finals in particular person.

All spectators should take a compulsory COVID-19 take a look at and can solely be allowed into the venue if their result’s unfavourable. They have to put on masks always and won’t be allowed to mingle between teams.

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