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Copil Records Biggest Career Win; Stuns Former Finalist Cilic

Beijing, China

Copil© AFP/Getty ImagesMarius Copil recorded the biggest win of his career on Monday.

Romanian Marius Copil, a wild card entry, who is currently No. 221 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings, knocked out Croatian fourth seed and 2009/2011 runner-up Marin Cilic 3-6, 7-6(0), 6-4 in two hours and 27 minutes on Monday at the China Open.

Cilic hit 21 aces, won 60 per cent of his service points and saved seven of 11 break points, but could not overcome Copil, who improved to a 3-2 tour-level record this year.

“It’s the biggest win of my career for sure,” said Copil. “The first set was not good because I had too many emotions playing on such a big court so I struggled to focus. It was one of my first matches on such a big court. But I fought until the end and managed to take the few chances that came my way in the second and third sets. It helps my confidence a lot. Many people play better than my ranking but I have to prove it. I’d like to thank the tournament for giving me a wild card, and hopefully I can win some more matches to show that I deserved it.”

Cilic, this year’s AEGON Championships and ATP Vegeta Croatia Open Umag titlist, dropped to a 34-16 mark. “I'm very disappointed, as I always feel here may be the best in the year, and the conditions here would suit my game almost perfectly,” said Cilic. “[I’m] really sad that I lost, but looking ahead, I have to be positive for next three tournaments to try to play well, and hopefully I'm going to get my chance next year."

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Sixth-seeded Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov got off to a strong start with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in 70 minutes.

South Africa’s Kevin Anderson fired 19 aces as he came from a set down to defeat American qualifier Brian Baker 5-7, 6-3, 6-1. The No. 36-ranked Anderson snapped a six-match losing streak, dating back to a quarter-final exit at the Citi Open in Washington D.C., in August.

American Sam Querrey saved four of five break points to knock out eighth seed Fernando Verdasco of Spain 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 58 minutes. It was his 30th match win of the season (30-22 mark).

Argentina’s Carlos Berlocq defeated Marinko Matosevic of Australia 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 in one hour and 54 minutes, while German Florian Mayer lost just 10 of his service points to beat Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-1, 6-2 in 53 minutes.

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