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