Saturday February 23, 2013
Cilic scrapes into Memphis quarter-finals
MEMPHIS: Top seed Marin Cilic saved three match points en route to a 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 7-6 (9-7) victory over Igor Sijsling on Thursday to book a quarter-final berth in the US Indoor Tennis Championships.
Croatia’s Cilic trailed 4-6 and then 6-7 in the third-set tiebreaker, but won the final three points to take the match from his Dutch foe.
Cilic next faces Japanese fifth seed Kei Nishikori, who beat qualifier Donald Young 6-3, 6-3.
World No. 63 Denis Istomin reached his fourth ATP quarter-final of the season, beating Australian veteran Lleyton Hewitt 6-1, 6-2.
Istomin next faces lucky loser Michael Russell, who beat Lukasz Kubot of Poland 6-2, 6-4.
In women’s action in this US$1.58mil combined ATP and WTA event, top seed Kirsten Flipkens fell prey in the quarter-finals to the upset bug that saw second-seeded Sofia Arvidsson ousted in the second round. — AFP