Kyrgios beats Cilic for maiden ATP title

By Ros Satar

  • Nick Kyrgios def. Marin Cilic [4] 6-2 7-6(3)
  • Beat two Top 10 players en route to the title
  • Win should see him just outside the Top 30 when Monday’s rankings come out

MARSEILLE, FRANCE – Nick Kyrgios beat fourth seed Marin Cilic in straight sets to capture his first title after a dream week in Marseille at the Open 13.

The 20-year-old Aussie had been in impressive form throughout the week, getting wins over World Nos. 10 Richard Gasquet and 8 Tomas Berdych not to mention serving for the championship against the 2014 US Open champion Cilic.

Kyrgios continued his aggressive play right from the start of the final, putting Cilic under immediate pressure in the opening game, forcing the World No. 12 to save three break points from the off, before Kyrgios finally converted on his eighth in Cilic’s next service game.

Breaking again and consolidating by serving the set out to love put the Aussie firmly in the driving seat.

Cilic came alive, fending off just a single break point and indeed flirting with a set point of his own as he sought to break Kyrgios for the set, but could not quite get the measure of the free swinging Aussie.

Pushing the second set to a tie-break two mini-breaks at the business end was enough to give Kyrgios his first championship point and that was all he needed to lift his first bit of trophy hardware.

As reported by ATPWorldTour.com, Kyrgios said, after the match: “I think I served really, really well again. I was serving really well all well. I didn’t get broken once. That was the main thing that was good. And I was able to put pressure on my opponents’ serves a lot when I was going through my service games really quickly.”

Kyrgios announced that he was looking at reducing his schedule and this was just his second tournament of the season, having warmed up briefly at the Kooyong invitational event before reaching the third round of the Australian Open. He pulled out of Rotterdam with an elbow injury.

Cilic was also quick to praise his opponent after the match: “I think he played really, really well today. He served amazing. It was difficult also from the back of the court. I think he was returning well, making a lot of returns in the first set. I didn’t adjust well enough on the balls that were coming back.

“But I’m really satisfied with the week. It’s really good moving forward and it’s important for me. Nick was playing high-level tennis in the end, but I wasn’t playing too bad either and that’s something good I can take from the match.”

Kyrgios is scheduled to play in Dubai, where he opens against Rotterdam champion Martin Klizan, while Cilic is scheduled to play in Acapulco.

 

 

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