Cilic rolls over Rio gold medal­list Mur­ray

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

ANDY Mur­ray hit the wall after 22 con­sec­u­tive wins, as the newly crowned Rio Olympic cham­pion lost the fi­nal of the ATP-WTA Cincin­nati Masters on Au­gust 21 to Marin Cilic 6-4, 7-5.

The 94-minute vic­tory marked a ca­reer break­through for the 12th-seeded Croa­t­ian, win­ner of the 2014 US Open.

Cilic, 27, claimed his first tro­phy at a Masters 1000 on his 71st ca­reer at­tempt.

The Croa­t­ian, who did not win his semi­fi­nal over Grigor Dim­itrov un­til nearly 1:30am (EST) on Au­gust 21 due to rain de­lays, ended with seven aces and broke Mur­ray three times.

Cincin­nati is only his sec­ond ti­tle since win­ning the US Open two years ago.

Mur­ray has been on a tear this sea­son, win­ning grass ti­tles at Queen’s and Wimbledon be­fore tri­umph­ing a week ago over Juan Martin Del Potro at the Olympic fi­nal.

But the ac­cu­mu­la­tion of ten­nis fi­nally proved to be too much for the Scot, who played his 14th match in 15 days dat­ing back to the Games.

Cilic’s win was his third against 11 losses to Mur­ray. He is the low­es­tranked Cincin­nati cham­pion since num­ber 17 Car­los Moya in 2002. –

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