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  • Dolgopolov advances in Beijing, Cilic goes down

    10/1/12 3:42 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Dolgopolov advances in Beijing, Cilic goes down Alexandr Dolgopolov takes care of Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in straight sets on Monday in Beijing. Dolgopolov is joined in the second round by Marius Copil, an upset winner over Marin Cilic.

    (6) Alexandr Dolgopolov d. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-0, 6-4

    Dolgopolov crushed Garcia-Lopez in just one hour and nine minutes during first-round action at the China Open on Monday afternoon. The 20th-ranked Ukrainian came out firing from the baseline and did not lose a single game in set one despite serving at a horrendous 35 percent. He saved one break point then wrapped it up in style with his third break of the day.

    Garcia-Lopez raised his level slightly on serve in the second, but he was absolutely hopeless in the return game. The 63rd-ranked Spaniard won a mere three points in five Dolgopolov service games, so donating serve once was one too many times. Dolgopolov converted his sixth break chance of the set at 5-4 to finish off the proceedings. Next up for Beijing's No. 6 seed is either Jurgen Melzer or Pablo Andujar.

    (WC) Marius Copil d. (4) Marin Cilic 3-6, 7-6(0), 6-4

    Copil, ranked No. 221 in the world, stunned Cilic in two hours and 26 minutes on Monday in Beijing. Cilic got off to a comfortable enough start despite being horrendous on second-serve points in the first set. The 2011 Beijing runner-up broke twice before serving it out at 5-3. Cilic came close to a straight-set victory (he led 2-0 and had a break point for 3-0), but it all fell apart for him when his opponent forced a tiebreaker.

    A shocking second-set 'breaker saw Copil roll through it without the loss of a single point. After exchanging breaks early in the third, the 21-year-old Romanian struck for a decisive blow at 4-4. Copil then survived a difficult service game at 5-4 to polish off the upset. He finished with 21 aces en route to a second-round clash against Florian Mayer, who destroyed Fabio Fognini 6-1, 6-2.

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