The croatian Marin cilic He beat this Tuesday 6-3, 1-6 and 6-4 after a tough 2h.13 ’battle against the Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz placeholder image and advanced to the knockout stages in the ATP over Estoril land, in a game that was postponed on Monday due to rain.
Marin Cilic, 32, is ranked 42nd in the ATP ranking and Alcaraz is 120th. Cilic will face Portuguese Nuno Borges in the round of 16.
Cilic, former world No. 3 and champion of the Open USA from 2014, is one of the few tennis players who has been able to win a Grand slam in the heyday of the ‘Big Three’ formed by Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, hence the merit of Carlos’ match.
Alcaraz, growing tennis player every day at 17, pushed Cilic to the max before falling in the first round. The Croatian recognized the quality of the Murcian with a warm greeting on the net at the end of the game.
The Japanese Kei Nishikori, world number 41, leaves the competition after hurting his right abductor during training on Monday, the Estoril Open reported on his official Twitter account.
Nishikori, who was due to play this Wednesday against South African Kevin Anderson, will be replaced by Spanish Roberto Carballés, who was defeated in the preliminary phase by Nuno Borges 7-5, 6-4.
The Estoril Open has as its last winner the Grigo Stefanos Tsitsipas, who won the prize in 2019 when he beat Argentine Carlos Cuevas in the final.
In 2020 the tournament was not played due to the pandemic.