Cilic battles through in Rotterdam


ROTTERDAM, Netherlands: Marin Cilic fought through to the Rotterdam World Tennis quarter-finals with a 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (9/7) defeat of Luxembourg veteran Gilles Muller on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila). Victory in the two-hour meeting sent the second-seeded Croatian into a last-eight battle with Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber, a winner over Ivan Dodig of Croatia 6-4, 6-2. Cilic, the 2014 US Open champion, was out-aced by the 40th-ranked Muller, nine to eight in a match without a single break of serve. A pair of French seeds claimed wins, with number three Gilles Simon sending the last Dutchman home with his 7-6 (7/5), 6-1 defeat of Robin Haase, who lost a 4-1 lead in the opening set. Gael Monfils, the number five seed, beat Croatian teen Borna Coric 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, with the Frenchman saving 10 of 13 break points.


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