Heavy­weight bat­tle for Is­tan­bul ti­tle

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: Big servers Mi­los Raonic and Marin Cilic set up a heavy­weight fi­nal at the Is­tan­bul Open when they came through their semi-fi­nals with ease on Satur­day.

Cana­dian top seed Raonic beat Ser­bian Vik­tor Troicki 6-2 6-3 while 2014 US Open cham­pion Cilic, seeded two, beat Ar­gentina’s de­fend­ing cham­pion Diego Schwartz­man 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) to reach his first fi­nal of the year.

“I’m def­i­nitely very ex­cited for the fi­nal to­mor­row,” Cilic, who will seek a first clay­court ti­tle since win­ning in Umag in 2012, said. “It’s some­thing I was look­ing for­ward to at the be­gin­ning of the week. I’m re­ally happy with my ten­nis and hope I can con­tinue with great ten­nis to­mor­row.”

Raonic is play­ing his first tour­na­ment since with­draw­ing from the Mi­ami Open in March with a ham­string in­jury.

As the build-up to the French Open con­tin­ues, Ger­many’s ris­ing force Alexan­der Zverev reached the fi­nal of the BMW Open in Mu­nich with a 7-5, 7-5 de­feat of Spa­niard Roberto Bautista Agut. He will face Ar­gen­tine qual­i­fier Guido Pella in the fi­nal af­ter he beat young South Korean Hyeon Chung 4-6, 7-5, 6-4. Reuters

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