Western & Southern Financial Group Masters
Baghdatis Bounces Cilic In Cincinnati Opener
by ATP Staff|
World No. 13 Marin Cilic bowed out in the first round of an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament for a second straight week, succumbing to Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis 6-4, 7-5 on opening Sunday at the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters in Cincinnati.
Cilic dropped serve three times and managed to convert on just one of his seven break point chances to lose to Baghdatis for the first time in three meetings.
The 21-year-old Croat reached the semi-finals two weeks ago in Washington (l. to Nalbandian), but failed to maintain the momentum in Toronto, where he was upset by Serbian Viktor Troicki.
Baghdatis also enjoyed a strong run in Washington, finishing runner-up to David Nalbandian to move back into the Top 20 of the South African Airways 2010 ATP Rankings, before losing his Toronto opener against Frenchman Jeremy Chardy.
In doubles action, Americans John Isner and Sam Querrey teamed up for a 7-6(6), 3-6, 10-7 win over Simon Aspelin and Paul Hanley. Isner and Querrey claimed the indoor hard-court title earlier this season in Memphis and were also runners-up at the clay-court ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tennis tournament in Rome.