Mannarino defeats Cilic, reaches Tokyo finals
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.
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.