Teenager Marin Cilic beats defending champion Mathieu
Cilic beats defending champion Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-3, 6-4 Wednesday in the second round of the Swiss Open.10 July 2008
GSTAAD - Unseeded teenager Marin Cilic beat defending champion Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-3, 6-4 Wednesday in the second round of the Swiss Open.
Mathieu, the 18th-ranked player in the world, is likely to drop out of the top 20 after failing to defend the points he won a year ago at the USD 625,000 event.
Cilic beat 26-year-old Mathieu for the third match in a row, but for the first time on clay, as the players met for the fourth consecutive tournament.
The Croat beat Mathieu in the third round at Wimbledon, but then lost to Arnaud Clement of France in the fourth round.
The 19-year-old Cilic is coached by Bob Brett, who guided future Grand Slam champions Boris Becker and Goran Ivanisevic when they were teenagers.
In the quarter-finals, the 43rd-ranked Cilic will face seventh-seeded Igor Andreev of Russia, who beat Florent Serra of France 7-5, 6-4.
Top-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland beat his Davis Cup teammate Stephane Bohli 7-6 (6), 5-7, 7-6 (3).
He will play Guillermo Canas of Argentina in the quarter-finals Friday. The eighth-seeded Canas advanced when Kristof Vliegen of Belgium withdrew.
[AP / Expatica]