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Cilic Extends Winning Streak, Beats Murray In Rotterdam

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Cilic© Henk KosterMarin Cilic is now 2-10 lifetime against Andy Murray in their FedEx ATP Head2Head.

Marin Cilic extended his unbeaten run to eight matches on Friday when he knocked out 2009 champion and second seed Andy Murray 6-3, 6-4 in 72 minutes at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament. It was Cilic’s second win over Murray in 11 FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings (2-9 overall).

“It’s a great feeling,” said Cilic. “I needed to start well and serve well. At the beginning of the match I got off to a good start, 3-0. Andy made a few more unforced errors than usual, but I think it is a great victory for me. Eight wins in a row now and I am looking forward to the semi-finals.”

Cilic, who last beat Murray at the 2009 US Open, has now won 16 straight sets on the ATP World Tour. Last week, he lifted his fourth PBZ Zagreb Indoors title when he beat Tommy Haas in the final.

“It was the first time I have played three matches in a row since the surgery [in late September],” said Murray. “So that has to be a positive. I didn’t get off to a good start in the first set, but he served extremely well throughout the match. I created a lot of opportunities to break serve, but I could not convert my chances.”

Cilic is now two match wins away from capturing his 11th ATP World Tour title. He will meet local wild card Igor Sijsling, who became the first Dutch semi-finalist in Rotterdam since Raemon Sluiter in 2003. Sijsling defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 in just 75 minutes.

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