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Cilic commanding in Tokyo triumph

Wimbledon finalist Marin Cilic wasted little time in securing a second-round spot at the Japan Open.

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02 Oct 2017, 18:27 IST
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Japan Open top seed Marin Cilic produced a dominant display to overcome Japan Open first-round opponent Stefano Tsitsipas.

The 2014 US Open champion eased to a 6-3 6-2 triumph against his 19-year-old opponent on Monday.

World number five Cilic – who lost this year's Wimbledon final to Roger Federer – will now face wildcard Yasutaka Uchiyama following the home hope's 6-3 3-6 6-1 victory over Franko Skugor.

Albert Ramos Vinolas, seeded seventh, suffered a surprise 6-2 2-6 6-3 loss to Jiri Vesely, while Kevin Anderson served up 17 aces as he overcame Gilles Simon 6-2 7-6 (8-6).

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Next up for fifth seed Anderson is a meeting with American Ryan Harrison, a 6-4 4-6 6-4 winner against Yusuke Takahashi.

Elsewhere in the draw there were wins for Adrian Mannarino and Bernard Tomic, while Ivo Karlovic's match with Matthew Ebden stood at 1-1 in the first set when rain brought play to a halt.

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