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  • Cilic gets past Dodig in Memphis opener

    2/19/13 2:56 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Cilic gets past Dodig in Memphis opener Marin Cilic comes back from a set down to defeat fellow Croat Ivan Dodig on Monday in Memphis. Cilic awaits either Jurgen Melzer or Igor Sijsling in the second round.

    Marin Cilic survived an all-Croatian showdown by overcoming Ivan Dodig 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the first round of the U.S. National Indoor Championships on Monday afternoon. Cilic held 13 of 14 service games to advance after one hour and 46 minutes.

    Dodig started strong by battling out of a 0-40 deficit at 0-1 in the opening set. The world No. 61 earned one break of his own midway through it and held comfortably the rest of the way for a surprising early advantage.

    From there, however, it was all Cilic. Memphis' top seed broke serve early in each of the next two sets and never came close to giving any of the breaks back. In fact, Cilic dropped only five service points in both the second and the third. A final hold at 5-3 in the decider ended the proceedings and sent the world No. 12 into round two.

    Cilic finished with six aces and two double-faults while winning an awesome 41 of 46 first-serve points. Dodig wrapped up his effort with an impressive 13 aces compared to three double-faults.

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