Tokyo - Top seed
Marin Cilic made quick work of Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas on Monday, winning
6-3, 6-2 to reach the second round of the Japan Open.
The towering Croatian, runner-up to Roger Federer at this
year's Wimbledon, took just 73 minutes to complete a one-sided victory in Tokyo
against a player ranked 110 places below him.
World number five Cilic, a former US Open champion, rifled
eight aces and totally dominated on serve on a speedy hard-court surface that
suits his power game.
"He's a good player, an upcoming star of men's tennis,
who forced me to find my best level and a good rhythm," said Cilic, who
won 24 of his 29 first service points and is looking to cement his place at the
season-ending ATP Tour Finals in London.
"At the end I was pleased with the way I served and how
I played," added Cilic, a semi-finalist in Tokyo last year.
South African Kevin Anderson, who was beaten by Rafa Nadal
in the US Open final last month, also advanced in straight sets, ousting
Frenchman Gilles Simon 6-2, 7-6.
Fifth seed Anderson cracked 17 aces as he set up a meeting
with American Ryan Harrison, a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 winner over teenage Japanese
qualifier Yusuke Takahashi.
Elsewhere, controversial Australian Bernard Tomic recovered
from a wobble to beat Portugal's Joao Sousa 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in his first match
since June, while Frenchman Adrian Mannarino dumped out another local
favourite, Go Soeda, 7-5, 7-6.
The Japan Open has been played since 1972 and its previous
winners include a roll-call of the game's greats, including Ken Rosewall, John
McEnroe, Pete Sampras, Federer and Nadal.
Results of singles matches at the Japan Open men's tennis tournament in Tokyo on Monday (x denotes seeding):
Marin Cilic (CRO x1) bt Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) 6-3, 6-2
Adrian Mannarino (FRA) bt Go Soeda (JPN) 7-5, 7-6 (7/3)
Bernard Tomic (AUS) bt Joao Sousa (POR) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3