Cilic into round two
Originally published on: 26/02/10 13:04
Cilic, who reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open last week, cruised to a 6-2 6-2 victory over Czech Republic’s Jan Hajek 6-2 6-2 in the Croatian capital.
Second seed Ivan Ljubicic, also of Croatia, was another to enjoy a smooth passage from round one with a 7-6 (7/4) 6-3 triumph over Frenchman Arnaud Clement.
In other first-round clash, seventh seed Antonio Veic was forced to retire hurt when leading fellow Croatian Ivo Karlovic 5-4 in the first set.
In second-round action, there were straight-sets wins for third-seeded Austrian Jurgen Melzer, fourth-seeded Serbian Viktor Troicki and unseeded Ukrainian Illya Marchenko over Belgium’s Olivier Rochus, Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin and Croatia’s Ivan Dodig respectively.