Japan Open: David Goffin, Marin Cilic cruise to next round; Kevin Anderson stunned by Ryan Harrison

In first-round matches, fourth seed David Goffin, instrumental in Belgium's run to November's Davis Cup final, beat Spain's Feliciano Lopez 7-5, 6-1.

AFP October 04, 2017 21:14:00 IST
Japan Open: David Goffin, Marin Cilic cruise to next round; Kevin Anderson stunned by Ryan Harrison

Tokyo: Top seed Marin Cilic crushed local favourite Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-3, 6-4 on Wednesday to reach the Japan Open quarter-finals.

The towering Croatian, runner-up to Roger Federer at 2017's Wimbledon and a former US Open champion, needed just over an hour to complete the rout in Tokyo.

Japan Open David Goffin Marin Cilic cruise to next round Kevin Anderson stunned by Ryan Harrison

David Goffin hit 12 aces in his match against Feliciano Lopez. Image courtesy: Twitter @ATPWorldTour

Cilic, the current World No 5 and a semi-finalist in Japan last season, hit 14 aces and dropped only four of 34 points on his first serve as he advanced to play American Ryan Harrison in the last eight.

Harrison upset fifth seed Kevin Anderson of South Africa — who reached September's US Open final, where he was beaten by Rafael Nadal — 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 in a see-saw match.

Elsewhere Argentina's Diego Schwartzman advanced, the eighth seed thumping Bernard Tomic of Australia 6-3, 6-1, while Frenchman Adrian Mannarino overpowered Czech Jiri Vesely 6-3, 6-2.

In first-round matches, fourth seed David Goffin, instrumental in Belgium's run to November's Davis Cup final, beat Spain's Feliciano Lopez 7-5, 6-1.

Goffin ended a wretched run of six defeats in his previous six finals by capturing the Shenzhen Open earlier this month.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian Oleksandr Dolgopolov thrashed Russia's Daniil Medvedev 6-1, 6-2 in another first-round match.

On Thursday, third seed Milos Raonic of Canada continues his return from wrist surgery at the hardcourt event, whose previous champions include tennis greats John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, Roger Federer and Nadal.

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