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Tata Open Maharashtra: Cilic survives scare to enter final eight

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Roberto Carballes Baena took some shaking off by World No. 17 and high seed Marin Cilic, who was enjoying his first match of the brand new season. The thrilling 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 contest put the match favorite into the quarter-finals on the fifth version of the Tata Open Maharashtra on the Balewadi Stadium in Pune on Wednesday. Baena performed a stable match, earlier than Cilic ended the resistance.

The crowd would welcome Cilic again to Pune noisily, however Baena had serve breaks on his thoughts – Cilic bought away within the first set, however was left hopping a tad because the ball zipped by the air.

“Always important to start well and a win like that gives a lot of positives. We are coming through the off-season, working hard and practising. But it’s not the same when you come to the court,” the Croat mentioned later.

A few upsets panned out. World No. 60 Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi packed off final yr’s runner-up Emil Ruusuvuori of Finland 6-1, 7-6 (4) whereas World No. 62 Spaniard Pedro Martinez got here from behind twice for a 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 victory over fourth-seeded Argentine Sebastian Baez, ranked 43.

Mercurial No. 8 seed Arslan Karatsev of Russia was stretched by Dutchman Tim van Rijthoven 7-6 (7), 7-6 (8). The Netherlands’ breakthrough star Botic Van De Zandschulp despatched away Italian teen Flavio Cobolli 7-5, 6-4.

Botic too was banking on good preseason work to tug him by two stiff back-to-back matches. “I had preseason so hopefully, I am fit enough to play a couple of matches in a row,” he mentioned.

World No. 17 Marin Cilic made his manner into the singles quarter-final on the fifth version of the Tata Open Maharashtra after beating Roberto Carballes Baena 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in an thrilling contest on the Balewadi Stadium in Pune on Wednesday…🎾🙌#Maharashtra_Open

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Struggling at first, to search out his radar, he would finally string collectively a bunch of fine video games and begin enjoying nicely when he fell behind towards the qualifier. “He (Cobolli) already had three matches, so it was easy for him. When I was 5-2 behind, I started playing my best tennis. In the second set also, I was 4-1 behind but did a good job out there,” he would say, enjoying his singles match virtually 16 hours after the doubles final evening. “In the day, it’s different. But it’s good to get a match on the Centre Court, makes the next one easier,” he added.

Martinez needed to haul again his sport from a pool of errors, as he discovered his vary within the second making fewer unforced errors. It was his second straight three-setter. “I’ve had a good preseason for such situations training in my hometown. It was gym to court, court to gym… And I worked a lot on fitness and movement on court,” he mentioned.