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Tie-breaks give Alexander Zverev opening win over Marin Cilic at ATP World Tour Finals

13/11/2018

Alexander Zverev got off to a winning start in the ATP World Tour Finals with a 7-6(5) 7-6 (1) victory over Marin Cilic at the O2 in London.

Zverev was 0-4 down in the opening set as Cilic forced errors - but the Croat was unable to serve out the set at 5-3. Instead, he produced mistakes on his backhand and double-faulted, allowing the 21-year-old to regain a foothold.

Cilic again moved ahead in the second set after some wayward groundstrokes, but Zverev made a resurgence. Although the 30-year-old saved one match point with the score at 4-5, he could not hold off Zverev in the second tie-break.

It was an impressive second tie-break from the younger man as well, which he concluded with a backhand down the line and an unreturnable serve.

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