MONTE CARLO (Principality of Monaco), April 16: Argentine Guido Pella dealt a second-round blow to seventh seed Marin Cilic, beating the Croatian 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 on Tuesday at the Monte Carlo Masters.
Defeat in just over two hours left 2014 US Open winner Cilic with just one win from six matches since January’s Australian Open, where he went out in the fourth round.
Pella, who won his first career match at the event in the first round on Sunday, emerged a winner as he played on the idyllic centre court for the first time.
“This is my best surface, I knew I had chances,” the world number 35 said. “But I had to play well.
“I was a bit nervous at the start, it was my first time on this court. But playing here is a dream – it’s unreal.”
Cilic was playing here for the 11th straight year, with quarter-final showings in three of the previous four editions. (AFP)
Tsonga quits against Fritz in Monte Carlo
MONTE CARLO (Principality of Monaco), April 16: American Taylor Fritz profited from Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s back problem, advancing 6-4, 2-0 on Tuesday when the Frenchman retired in the first round of the Monte Carlo Masters.
The Frenchman, who turns 34 on Wednesday, reached the semi-finals here in 2013 and 2016 but did not compete on the clay last spring.
He reached the semi-finals last week in Marrakech, losing to countryman Benoit Paire.
Fritz, ranked 65th, was making his Monte Carlo debut and ended a run of four first-round losses dating to February. (AFP)