ATP Miami: Cilic, Isner and Raonic all win in straight sets to reach R4

Tennis - Marin will now face John while Milos plays against Jeremy Chardy

by Jovica Ilic
ATP Miami: Cilic, Isner and Raonic all win in straight sets to reach R4

World number 3 Marin Cilic claimed his 92nd Masters 1000 win in a hard-fought 7-5 7-6 triumph over Vasek Pospisil in an hour and 54 minutes, reaching the fourth round in Miami for the first time in five years. Both players served under 60% and they didn't have too many aces but it was a very close battle from start to finish.

Marin saved all three break points he faced, stealing rival's serve once in the opening set and winning the second set tie break to book his place in the last 16. They had more unforced errors than winners but Cilic had the advantage in both the shortest and those mid-range rallies from five to nine strokes to earn his win without spending additional time on the court.

Vasek had to pull some good serves to save two break points in the second game of the match and he earned two break points on the return in game three, denied by a volley error at the net and a forehand winner from Marin.

The Canadian had to play against another break point in game eight before Marin finally found the way to break him in game 12 with a forehand winner and take the opener 7-5. The second set started with a chance for the returner in both the first and second game but they both saved a break point with a winner to stay close to each other.

Cilic served well until the end of the match and Vasek's serve was in danger again at 2-3, repelling two break points with service winners to remain on the positive side of the scoreboard. More problems were just around the corner for him, facing three match points at 0-40 in game 12 and he managed to erase them all to reach the tie break.

Marin was not to be denied and he scored a mini-break in the third point with a volley winner and again in the final point of the match for a 7-4 and the place in the next round. 2015 Miami semi-finalist John Isner has had a terrible season so far but it all could change here in Florida after a 6-4 6-3 win over the Russian veteran Mikhail Youzhny in an hour and 20 minutes. This was their fourth meeting (all in North America) and the second win for John in a row, saving two out of three break points and stealing Youzhny's serve three times to seal the deal in straight sets.

The American had 22 winners and 12 unforced errors while Youzhny was barely positive with 12-12, and Isner created the gap in the shortest points up to four strokes thanks to almost 40% of the unreturned serves. It was a perfect start for John who earned the break already in the second game of the match with a forehand winner, hitting an ace to move 3-0 in front.

Youzhny broke back in game five when Isner netted a routine volley and he saved two break chances in the following game to level the score at 3-3. Serving to stay in the set in game 10, Mikhail sent a forehand long to drop serve for the second time and a set by 6-4 after 41 minutes.

Another forehand error cost Youzhny his service game at 2-3 in the second set and that was all John needed to bring the match home, hitting three service winners in game nine to cross the finish line and set the clash against Marin Cilic in the next round. Third round results:


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