Marin Cilic upsets Milos Raonic to win Istanbul title

MARIN Cilic warmed up for this month’s French Open by capturing his first claycourt title in five years with a 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 win over Canadian top seed Milos Raonic in the Istanbul Open final.

The Croatian second seed fired down nine aces and saved all seven break points he faced to emerge triumphant in the battle of the big servers. The 28-year-old claimed only his second claycourt title, and 17th overall, after not dropping a set all week.

Croatia’s Marin Cilic hits a return.
Croatia’s Marin Cilic hits a return.Source: AFP

“I’m on a good track and feeling very well,” Cilic, whose only previous claycourt title came on home soil in Umag in 2012, said.

“In these last three or four weeks on clay, it’s never easy, but I’m trying to get better with every match.

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