Two-time Moscow champion Marin Cilic looks eager for a third title in the Russian capital.
Cilic defeated in-form American Tommy Paul 7-5, 6-3 on Wednesday to reach the VTB Kremlin Cup quarter-finals. After losing his first set of the tournament against Damir Dzumhur in a tie-break, the Croatian has won four consecutive sets.
The former World No. 3 had to work hard against Paul, who advanced to the fourth round in Indian Wells. But Cilic was steadier in the crucial moments to advance after one hour and 43 minutes.
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The 33-year-old broke his opponent’s serve four times and won 74 per cent of his second-serve return points to move to 13-2 at the ATP 250. Cilic earned the deciding break in the second set when Paul missed a backhand long, and he never looked back.
Australian John Millman also moved on with a 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 victory in two hours and 28 minutes.