Cilic beats Melzer, Davydenko overcomes Stepanek at the Olympics

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Marin Cilic and Nikolay Davydenko proceed to the second round of the London Olympic tournament without giving away a set.

World No. 14 Croat Cilic, who was victorious on grass courts of Queen’s Club a month ago, fought a hard battle against Austrian Jurgen Melzer in the first set. It all went rather smoothly for the Croat until he wasted three set point opportunities at 5-3. He had a new set point at 6-5, but the outcome of the set was eventually decided in the tie-break. The drama continued in the thirteenth game, too. Cilic was 6-2 ahead, then threw away another three set points, but finally grabbed the set with the eighth one. From then on the match turned into a one-man show. The Austrian lost two serves, and Cilic kept most of his with ease – including the last one. 6’ 6’’ tall Cilic hit twenty-six winners during the match as opposed to Melzer’s 15 and won 62% of his second serves (Melzer 35%). End score: 7-6 (6), 6-2.

The clash between Czech Radek Stepanek and Russian Davydenko, both unseeded, started yesterday, but it had been delayed due to rain. Stepanek had a sounder sleep as he had won the first set just before the rain interrupted the encounter. 48th-ranked Davydenko picked up where he had left off a day ago. Keeping all of his serves and breaking two of Stepanek’s ones was obviously enough to get him through to the second round. World No. 26 Stepanek might have hit six aces more than his opponent, but the latter was significantly better at winners (28-13), which enabled him a 6-4, 6-3 victory.

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