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Thiem finishes off Tsitsipas, Cilic advances to 3rd round

Paris, May 31: Austrian tennis player Dominic Thiem on Thursday overcame Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in the second round of the French Open with a score of 6-2, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Thiem and Tsitsipas started the match on Wednesday but were interrupted as evening came on, with the Austrian leading two sets to one; Thiem won the fourth set when the players resumed play on Thursday, reports Efe.

The world No. 8 said he felt very good about his form after winning a four-set match against Tsitsipas, whom he considered one of the toughest players of the second round.

Thiem is to face in the third round Italy’s Matteo Berrettini, who beat Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Croatia’s Marin Cilic on Thursday defeated German qualifier Hubert Hurkacz of Poland 6-2, 6-2, 6-7 (3-7), 7-5 to book a place in the third round.
Cilic, the third seed, needed two hours and 50 minutes to dispatch Hurkacz, ending the Polish tennis pro’s best run at a Grand Slam event, reports Efe.
When the 29-year-old Cilic seemed on his way to a straight set win, he conceded his service for the only time during the match, and 21-year-old Hurkacz proceeded to win the set through a tie break.

Cilic, however, did not give his rival any option for a rally as he saved the only break point he faced in the fourth set and one break, out of eight opportunities to seal the win. Next up for Cilic is Steve Johnson of the United States, who rallied from a set down to defeat Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, 6-2. IANS

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