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Cilic, Kiefer advance at Paris Masters

Cilic, Kiefer advance at Paris Masters

Marin Cilic of Croatia and Nicolas Kiefer of Germany both advanced to the second round of the Paris Masters in straight sets on Monday.
Cilic downed Andreas Seppi of Italy 7-6 (5), 6-2, and Kiefer beat big-serving Ivo Karlovic of Croatia 6-4, 7-5.
"He broke me twice, then he got a bit tired when he was serving for the set and I took advantage of that," Cilic said. Seppi was broken twice in each set, while Cilic tightened up his game and did not face another break in the second set.
Kiefer's consistent serving kept him in charge of the match. Kiefer won 97 percent of first serve points _ despite only four aces compared to 12 for Karlovic _ and did not face a break point at the Bercy indoor arena.
Later Monday three-time champion Marat Safin played Juan Monaco; 2005 winner Tomas Berdych took on Robby Ginepri; and Marcos Baghdatis, a semifinalist last year, faced Sam Querrey of the United States.
Roger Federer, who won the Swiss Indoors at Basel for the third straight year on Sunday, confirmed Monday to tournament organizers that he will play at Bercy, despite feeling tired after beating David Nalbandian for his 57th career title.


Updated : 2021-04-11 22:09 GMT+08:00