World No. 41 Marin Cilic insisted it wasn't easy against Ricardas Berankis though he claimed a straight-set win over the Lithuanian in Moscow. Cilic, seeded at No. 6, breezed past world No. 108 Berankis 6-3 6-4 to reach his second final of the season in Moscow.
“It was a tough match, Ricardas played well,” Cilic said in his on-court interview, per the ATP website. “The first set was great from my side. I served amazing but then Ricardas began to find his rhythm and played much better in the second set.
I managed to play a tough second set. Mentally it was difficult, but I managed to play my best tennis at the right time”.
Cilic routinely handled Berankis
Berankis pressured Cilic early on but the Croatian saved two break points in the opening game.
After saving two break points in the opening game of the match, Cilic earned the first break of the match in the second game. Cilic had a chance to go up by a double break but Berankis saved three break points in the sixth game to reduce the deficit to 4-2.
However, Cilic kept his focus as he routinely served out for the opener in the ninth game. Berankis responded well to losing the first set as he took an early 2-0 second-set lead. Unfortunately for Berankis, he got broken back immediately in the third game.
Cilic earned his third break of the match in the ninth game and then saved two break points in the following game en route to serving out for the match. Cilic is aiming to win his third Moscow title as he captured back-to-back titles at the tournament in 2014 and 2015.
“It is amazing to get this support and whatever happens tomorrow, it will be a great day to enjoy another final in my career and another final here in Moscow,” Cilic said. “It will be great to play, both Aslan and Karen are amazing players”.