Cilic downs Raonic in battle of big servers to win Istanbul title

Marin Cilic warmed up for this month’s French Open via capturing his first claycourt title in five years with a 7-6(Three) 6-Three win over Canadian top seed Milos Raonic Within The Istanbul Open ultimate on Sunday.

The Croatian 2d seed fired down nine aces and saved all seven wreck factors he confronted to emerge successful In The battle of the enormous servers.

The 28-12 months-old claimed simplest his 2d claycourt title, and 17th total, after no longer losing a suite all week.

“I Am on a just right track and feeling very neatly,” Cilic, whose handiest previous claycourt title came on dwelling soil in Umag in 2012, informed newshounds.

“In these final three or four weeks on clay, it can be never straightforward, but I Am seeking to get better with every healthy. This week was an immense one for me and a excellent sign for the rest of the claycourt season. I Am Hoping I Will Be Able To fortify in these upcoming three tournaments – two Masters One Thousand events and the French Open.”

After irritating Raonic by bagging the intently-fought first set, Cilic capitalized on two double faults to interrupt for a 3-1 lead Within The 2nd set.

The 2014 U.S. Open champion wriggled out of trouble In The next game despite being Zero-40 down and completed victory with an ace on his 2nd championship point.

“The vital points came In The tiebreak. I managed to play a really just right tiebreak and hit a few nice backhands down the line,” introduced Cilic.

“Then In The 2d set, getting that smash and retaining for Three-1 was without a doubt the identifying second.”

(Reporting by using Pritha Sarkar, editing with the aid of Ken Ferris)

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