The former world number 3 made a surprise second round exit at the ATP tournament in Tokyo Japan, after losing in three sets to Hyeon of South Korea.
Marin Čilić, who is currently ranked 30th on the ATP list, was stopped in the second round of play at the Japan Open in Tokyo by the 143rd player in the world, Chung Hyeon, with a score of 6:4, 3:6, 6:1, in just over two hours of play.
The South Korean only needed to break Čilić’s serve once to take the first set. In the second the Croatian played a more decisive game, breaking his opponents serve at 3:1 and holding that advantage until the end of the set.
In the third set, Chung regained his form from the first set and immediately broke Čilić’s serve and broke out to a 2:0 lead, on his way to an easy win.
Čilić served up eight aces to the South Korean’s 11. However, the Croatian also incurred seven double faults and 45 unforced errors, compared to one double fault and 16 unforced errors for Chung. Čilić was 71% on his first serve and 43% on his second, while Chung was at 90% and 52% respectively.
This was their fourth career meeting and the first win for the South Korean. The loss also cost Čilić the opportunity to record his 500th career win.
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