Japan Open: Marin Cilic in first round shock defeat

World No. 3 Marin Cilic crashed out of the Ratuken Japan Open after defeat to Jan-Lennard Struff in the first round on Tuesday.

Sruff came from a set down to win 3-6, 6,-4, 7-6(1) in two hours, 22 minutes as he secured the second Top-10 win of his career.

No. 1 seed Cilic twice spurned chances to close out the
match on his serve in the final set, and quickly fell to 1-5 in the tiebreak after a double fault.

Struff, 28, then completed the win in style as he served an ace on match point to win 7-1. The German, who is yet to reach an ATP Tour final, will now play Jeremy Chardy in the second round after the Frenchman defeated Damir Dzumhur 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Three-time Grand Slam champion Stanislas Wawrinka also advanced after he comfortably beat American Taylor Frisk 6-3, 6-4.

Elsewhere, Richard Gasquet won 7-6(8), 6-3 against Denis Kudla while Frances Tiafoe defeated Maximilian Marterer 7-5, 6-4.

In the final match of the day, world No. 15 Stefanos Tsitsipas comfortably beat home favourite Taro Daniel 6-1, 6-3.


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