Monday, January 4, 2010

2010 Chennai Open: Cilic and Tipsarevic makes confident start in Chennai

Marin Cilic
2010 Chennai Open: Cilic and Tipsarevic makes confident start in Chennai

Marin Cilic defeated Igor Kunitsyn 6-2 6-4 while Janko Tipsarevic beat Carlos Moya 6-3, 7-6 in the first round of the Chennai Open 2010.

Cilic, who is the defending champion, needed an hour and 13 minutes to get past Kunitsyn.

“I think I played a pretty good match. Most important my service was very good,” Cilic said after the match.

Cilic stormed past Kunitsyn in the opening set by breaking him in the third and fifth games and quickly led 3-1 in the second.

“I think he didn’t have any breakpoints in the match which shows that I was top of him, especially in the first set,” said Cilic.

“In the second I got an early break and I was able to control from there.”

Moya showed glimpses of his great tennis game but could not sustain the momentum despite the support he got from the tennis fans.

Tipsarevic had an easy way during the first set but then things changed in the second set when Moya broke for 4-4 and then led 5-4 and 6-5, but the Serb forced a tie-break that he clinched quite comfortably.

Jan Hajek upset Simon Greul 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, in another first round match.

Gruel, ranked 59th, won the first set with a measure of comfort, but turned error-prone thereafter even as Hajek got his backhand going to take the next two and close the match in 107 minutes.


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