Cilic charges into U.S. Open third round

Wed Aug 31, 2016 10:43pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Seventh-seeded Marin Cilic made it look as easy as one, two, three as he charged into the third round of the U.S. Open on Wednesday.

Cilic, the 2014 champion, continued his hard court season surge with a 6-1 6-2 6-3 rout of Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine to reach a showdown match against American Jack Sock.

"I played really well today from the start till the end," the 27-year-old Croat told reporters. "I didn't have too many ups and downs in the game.

"I felt that I was controlling the match. I felt that I was really mixing up the game well."

Cilic, who recently made a coaching switch away from former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic, began to put his big-hitting game in gear during the grass court season and has built momentum since.

He reached the semi-finals at Queen's Club, where he lost to Andy Murray, and followed that with a trip to the quarter-finals before falling to Roger Federer.

This summer he won his first ATP Masters 1000 event in Cincinnati, beating Murray in the final to end the Scotsman's 22-match winning streak that included his Wimbledon and Olympic triumphs.

Cilic took 100 minutes to eliminate Stakhovsky, facing only two break points in the romp.   Continued...

Aug 31, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Marin Cilic of Croatia serves to Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine on day three of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports