The long-time topped ranked Croatian tennis player struggled to make it past the second round of play at the Citi Open ATP tournament in Washington, D.C.
Marin Čilić, currently ranked 17th in the world, edged past Romanian Marius Copil 7:6 (4), 7:6 (4) after two hours and 13 minutes of play on Friday.
The match was relatively even, with neither player losing their service and both sets decided in a tie break. Čilić served up 13 aces while Copil had 18. However, the Romanian made seven double faults. Čilić did have a better day than the Romanian in terms of first and second serve percentage, at 87% on his first serve and 65% on his second serve. Significantly better than Copil’s 65% and 46% respectively.
This was Čilić’s fifth career match against Copil and his third win over the 84th tennis player on the ATP rankings. The Croatian tennis ace will play the winner of the match between Canadian Felix Auger Aliassime (ATP 22) and American Reilly Opelka (ATP 43) for a spot in the quarterfinals.
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