Man­nar­ino de­feats Cilic, reaches Tokyo fi­nals

Sunday Observer - - SPORT - AFP

TOKYO - France’s 31st-ranked Adrian Man­nar­ino se­cured a spot in the men’s sin­gles fi­nals as he over­pow­ered top seed Croa­t­ian Marin Cilic at Ja­pan Open yes­ter­day.

Man­nar­ino de­feated bigserv­ing Cilic, run­ner-up to Roger Fed­erer at this year’s Wim­ble­don, with a 6-7 (5/7), 6-4, 6-0 win in a fierce match which lasted for nearly three hours.

The 29-year-old French­man now faces Bel­gium’s David Gof­fin who beat Cilic in the semi-fi­nal in Tokyo last season.

Gof­fin, 26, booked a place in the fi­nals af­ter a tight twohour match with eighth seed Diego Schwartz­man from Ar­gentina.

Run

Goffi n fi ni s hed of f Schwartz­man, who put an end to the im­pres­sive run of world num­ber 46 Steve John­son on Fri­day, with a 76 (7/3) 7-6 (8/6) vic­tory.

Both the first and sec­ond set went to a tie-break but the match e nded when Schwartz­man hit a back­hand long of the base­line.

The Ja­pan Open has been played since 1972 and its pre­vi­ous win­ners in­clude a roll­call of the game’s greats, in­cludi ng Ken Rose­wall, J ohn McEn­roe, Pete Sam­pras, Fed­erer and Nadal.

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