Copil shocks Cilic at the China Open, Dolgopolov advances

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Romanian Marius Copil achieved the best win of his career to date, coming from a set down to defeat fourth seed Marin Cilic 3-6 7-6(0) 6-4. Ranked outside the top 200, Copil showed he deserved the questionable wildcard he got from the tournament organizers here with the victory.

Copil started shakily going down a break in his first service game of the match but stayed calm and would eventually pull it back on serve with his first break point of the match. Unfortunately he could not consolidate the break-back and would drop serve again to allow his opponent to serve out the set to love.

At 0-2 *30-40 down it looked like the Romanian was done but he pulled off an astonishing comeback in the set, forcing a tie break which he won 7-0 – winning all four points on the Cilic serve. Cilic would again break early in the decider, but as with the previous two sets he could not hold on. He had opportunities at 4-4 to break Copil but the Romanian’s serve would hold strong, he served 10 of his 21 total aces in this third set. Cilic started poorly, going down 0-30 to start in attempting to stay in the match and couldn’t get himself out of a hole as he went down two match points. The first was saved but the second was taken by Copil who will face Florian Mayer in round two.

Alexandr Dolgopolov bounced back from a disappointing defeat in Kuala Lumpur to Alejandro Falla last week with a comprehensive 6-0 6-4 victory over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. Lopez could barely win a point in the first as he was blown away by Dolgopolov, taking just five points on his own serve and twelve in total. The Spaniard added some respectability in the second set but could not make any mark on the Dolgopolov serve, winning just three points in five service games. Dolgopolov would miss one opportunity on Lopez’s serve but would take the second to move into the next round where he will face either Jurgen Melzer or Pablo Andujar.

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