Maharashtra Open: World No. 6 Marin Cilic stunned by Gilles Simon to reach last
Gilles Simon made a stunning return versus Marin Cilic to win the match 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 and reach the final of the Maharashtra Open in Pune.Highlights Simon
beat Cilic 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 He lost the very first set 1-6 Simon will face Anderson in the last World No. 6 and leading seed Marin Cilic was knocked out
of the Maharashtra Open in the semi-fianls after suffering
a shock defeat to France’s Gilles Simon in Pune on Friday.Ranked 89 worldwide, Simon beat safeguarding champion Roberto Bautista Agut in the 2nd round to set up a semi-final clash versus Cilic.
He made a sluggish start and decreased 1-6 to the Croatian. He made a spectacular return to win the match 1-6, 6-3, 6-2. The previous United States Open champ was expected to have a strong begin to the season ahead of the Australian Open, which begins on January 15 with a frustrating start to the year.Several top players including Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori run out the grand slam event due to injury while world number one Rafael Nadal and Serb Novak Djokovic stay injury doubts, leaving the field open for other top contenders to take advantage.Second seed Kevin Anderson beat France’s Benoit Paire 6-7 (6)7-6(2)6-1 in a difficult two hour and 20 minute encounter to reach his second last in as numerous weeks, after winning the Mubadala World Tennis Championship event.Anderson and previous world number six
Simon will take on in the final on Saturday in Pune.( With inputs from Reuters )