Published: Tue, August 30, 2016
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Olympic champion Andy Murray returns to action with Cincinnati victory


Croatia's Marin Cilic won his first Masters 1000 series title on Sunday, beating Andy Murray in the final of the Western & Southern Open and ending the Scot's 22-match winning streak.

Coric advanced to his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 quarter-final, dominating the 14-times grand slam victor by reeling off 10 straight games to claim the opening set and charge into a 4-0 lead in the second set.

He will be competing in the Cincinnati Masters final just seven days after a gruelling four-set final against Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro at Rio 2016, where he retained his Olympic singles title. "Andy was starting to play a bit better, and, I mean, definitely huge win against Andy who has been in a great run last couple months". "I didn't feel too exhausted yesterday in the evening". In the second set, neither player was handing anything but the Brit found the break at the best time and after a complicated game of serve, Murray held to win the match 6-3, 6-3 in one hour and 31 minutes. I think I played really high quality tennis.

Murray won gold at the Rio Olympics a week ago. The only major question with Cilic at this point is how much he has left in the tank with such a quick turnaround taking place here.

Czech fifth seed Karolina Pliskova advanced over Russian seventh seed Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 and next plays fourth seed Garbine Muguruza, the French Open champion who beat Hungarian Timea Babos 6-4, 6-3.

Attention will now turn to the US Open, which gets underway on August 29.

As a result, Cilic is now up to ninth in the ATP world rankings and fans booking corporate hospitality for the ATP World Tour finals will have a good chance of seeing him in action at the O2.

"I'm really happy with my game today".

The second set was a closer affair, with Murray broken only in game 11 after saving four break points, but Cilic served out the match.

"Maybe it appeared that he was being more aggressive, but I felt like he made more mistakes because he was trying to be more aggressive than usual".

"It's better for me to be finished now, but I'm not going to be fresher than Marin or Grigor", said Murray, victor of 50 matches this season.

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