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Marin Cilic pummels Yasutaka Uchiyama to enter Japan Open quarters

Top seed Marin Cilic dispatched Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-3, 6-4 to set up a Japan Open last eight clash with Ryan Harrison.

tennis Updated: Oct 04, 2017 22:40 IST
AFP, Tokyo
Marin Cilic beat local favourite Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-3, 6-4 to enter the Japan Open quarter-finals.
Marin Cilic beat local favourite Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-3, 6-4 to enter the Japan Open quarter-finals. (Twitter )

Top seed Marin Cilic crushed local favourite Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-3, 6-4 on Wednesday to reach the Japan Open quarter-finals.

The towering Croatian, runner-up to Roger Federer at this year’s Wimbledon and a former US Open champion, needed just over an hour to complete the rout in Tokyo.

(Read | Milos Raonic crushes Viktor Troicki on tennis return, advances to Japan Open Rd 2)

Cilic, the current world number five and a semi-finalist in Japan last season, hit 14 aces and dropped only four of 34 points on his first serve as he advanced to play American Ryan Harrison in the last eight.

Harrison upset fifth seed Kevin Anderson of South Africa -- who reached last month’s US Open final, where he was beaten by Rafa Nadal -- 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 in a see-saw match.

(Read | Simona Halep knocks error-prone Maria Sharapova out of China Open)

Elsewhere Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman advanced, the eighth seed thumping Bernard Tomic of Australia 6-3, 6-1, while Frenchman Adrian Mannarino overpowered Czech Jiri Vesely 6-3, 6-2.

In first-round matches, fourth seed David Goffin, instrumental in Belgium’s run to next month’s Davis Cup final, beat Spain’s Feliciano Lopez 7-5, 6-1.

Goffin ended a wretched run of six defeats in his previous six finals by capturing the Shenzhen Open earlier this month.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian Oleksandr Dolgopolov thrashed Russia’s Daniil Medvedev 6-1, 6-2 in another first-round match.

On Thursday, third seed Milos Raonic of Canada continues his return from wrist surgery at the hardcourt event, whose previous champions include tennis greats John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, Roger Federer and Nadal.

First Published: Oct 04, 2017 19:45 IST