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03.02.2014.

Cilic did not drop serve, Becker saved seven match points

Cilic did not drop serve, Becker saved seven match points Zagreb Indoors
Defending champion Marin Cilic starrted strong his new campaign at the PBZ Zagreb Indoors, keeping serve throughout the match against Croatian compatriot Mate Delic, winning in straight sets by 6:4, 6:4. Three-times tournament champion was in control from the beginning and gave no real opportunity to his opponent, except in the last game when he served for the match. He faced lone two break points, but hit four aces in a row after being 15-40 down.
Now Cilic has record in Zagreb 18-4 and leads all-time list here with most singles victories, with one win more than Ivan Ljubicic (17). In last five attempts here, including this one, his record is 16-1!
"Mate was very solid, I think he played good match. He has a lot of weapons. I would say my serve worked really well today. At one point I served 11 consecutive first serves", Cilic said. Speaking about his record in Zagreb he added: "I like to play at home and conditions here suit me."
In the second round on Wednesday Cilic will play either against Dusan Lajovic or qualifier Pedja Krstin, both from Serbia.
German Benjamin Becker also won on Monday, but only after stunning comeback against Jesse Huta Galung from the Netherlands. He won 6:7 (4), 6:3, 7:6 (6), saving seven match points. Dutchman, playing at his career-best singles rankings of 93, failed to convert two match points at 5:2, three consecutive serving at 5:3 and two more in the tie-breaker, leading 6-4.