Monaco: Ninth-seeded Marin Cilic overcame a shaky serving performance to beat Horacio Zeballos of Argentina 6-2, 6-7 (6), 6-2 in the first round of the Monte Carlo Masters on Monday. Cilic looked set for an easier win after converting all three of his break points in the first set, before both players dropped serve three times in the second set. Cilic stepped it up in the third, hitting three aces and breaking Zeballos' serve twice.
He next plays either Jerzy Janowicz of Poland or South African Kevin Anderson in the second round. They play their match on Tuesday. Earlier, 12th-seeded Milos Raonic beat Julien Benneteau 6-1, 6-4 and Roberto Bautista Agut upset No. 11 Gilles Simon of France 6-3, 7-6 (6). Raonic served 15 aces and broke his French opponent three times to set up a match against Jarkko Nieminen, who thrashed Viktor Troicki 6-1, 6-2.
"A lot of things I did well, especially only having a limited amount of preparation before here," said the 22-year-old Raonic, who improved to 14-4 this season, and hit one booming second serve ace clocked at 201 kilometers-per-hour (124.6 miles-per-hour).
Raonic lost his only match against Nieminen in the quarterfinals of the Thailand Open in Bangkok last September....more
08:52 AM, Apr 16, 2013
New York: India's young tennis star Yuki Bhambri ousted eighth seed Horacio Zeballos with a three-set win to advance to the second round of the US Open men's singles qualifying event, here. Yuki pipped his Argentine opponent, who is ranked 86 places above him at 109, 4-6 6-3 7-6 (5) in the first round of the hard court Grand Slam tournament. Yuki will next take on Belgium's Maxime Authom, ranked...
01:35 PM, Aug 22, 2012