CILIC NOTCHES 400TH WIN IN ISTANBUL

Marin Cilic became the third Croatian in ATP World Tour history to record 400 match wins (or more) when he booked his spot in the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open semifinals.

No. 2 seed Marin Cilic powered into TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open semifinals after a dominant performance against Steve Darcis on the Garanti Koza Arena. Croatian star needed only 45 minutes as he eased past 8th seed Darcis 6-1, 6-1 dropping only 19 points.

Getting into the match, winning 11 of first 12 points for 3-0 lead, 2014 US Open champion went on to close out the set 6-1 without slowing down. The second set was also one-way traffic for world no. 8 as he started breaking his Belgian rival’s serve in the opening game.

Four games later there was another break for Cilic before cruising into his second semifinal of the year, having also gone that far in Acapulco. With this victory, Cilic joined fellow Croats Goran Ivanisevic (599) and Ivan Ljubicic (429) in passing the 400-match win milestone.

NEATLY DONE BY SCHWARTZMAN
Defending champion and third seed Diego Schwartzman is into another semifinal at the Istanbul Open as he improved to 10-1 on Turkish soil. Despite falling behind 4-2 in the first, Schwartzman managed to turn things around to end Dusan Lajovic’s run with a 7-5, 6-2 scoreline.