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Open 13: Marin Cilic beats Benoit Paire to reach the final

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353   //    21 Feb 2016, 00:37 IST
Marin Cilic Open 13 final
Cilic defeated Paire 6-2, 6-7(3), 6-3 in the semi final

Croatian fourth seed Marin Cilic cruised into the final of the Open 13 by beating local favourite Benoit Paire 6-2 6-7(3) 6-3 in Marseille on Saturday.

Cilic will take on either Czech second seed Tomas Berdych, or Australian Nick Kyrgios, in Sunday’s final. While Cilic conceded eight points on his service games in a one-sided first set, Paire’s first-serve percentage was only 33.

The Frenchman rediscovered his touch in the second set and Cilic lost focus in the tiebreak as the match went into a decider.

The former U.S. Open champion, however, regained his composure to break for 4-2 in the third set before wrapping it up on his first match point.

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