Cilic ousts Nishikori, Almagro defeats Sock in third round of US Open

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Seeded players Marin Cilic and Nicolas Almagro advance into the last sixteen at 2012 US Open after beating Nishikori and Sock in four-setters.

Twelfth seeded Cilic has improved on his last US Open result as he proceeded into the fourth round after defeating seventeenth-seeded Japanese Kei Nishikori. The 23-years old Croat got off to a flying start by taking a 3-0 lead in the first set, successfully protecting his one break advantage till the end of the set. Cilic was equally convincing in the second set where he won four games to love, including a break in ninth game. Nishikori struggled to penetrate the Croat’s defence, falling 2-0 behind in the match.

The Japanese player had a nightmare start into the third set as he dropped his serve in the opening game. However, not only did he manage to claw back the break, but after taking the set into a ‘breaker’, he ultimately took it 7-3. The Croat was back on track in the fourth set. One break of serve was more than sufficient for him to capture the set and advance to the next round. Cilic thus entered best of sixteen with 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-3 and will meet unseeded Slovak Martin Klizan next.

243th-ranked American prospect Jack Sock has put up a great fight against eleventh seed Spaniard Almagro in their third round US Open clash. The Spaniard was leading 2-1 in sets after three tie-break lotteries. 19-years old Sock managed to level the score once, but failed to do so for the second time as his performance dropped in the fourth set. He gave away a serve in the opening game, had two opportunities to get a break back at 1-2, but failed to use any of them. This has proved to be a crucial moment in the set as Almagro breezed through all of the remaining games and wrapped up the match with a 7-6 (3), 6-7 (4), 7-6 (2), 6-1 victory. Sock won impressive 25 net points (with 83% efficiency), but produced too many unforced errors and double faults that proved to be lethal for him.

Amagro will face the winner of the Berdych-Querrey match next.

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