Marin Cilic sets up Stan Wawrinka clash at Paris Masters; Milos Raonic sees off Cameron Norrie
Milos Raonic finally got back to winning ways at the Paris Masters, while Marin Cilic earned himself a cracker of a second-round match-up.
Former Wimbedon finalist Raonic beat British qualifier Cameron Norrie 6-3, 6-2 to claim his first victory since the first round of the Rogers Cup in August.
Marin Cilic, meanwhile, fresh from reaching the semi-finals of the Kremlin Cup two weeks ago cruised to a 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 win over Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz.
Cilic, a former US Open champion, will now face Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka in the next round.
Elsewhere, Fernando Verdasco came from behind to beat Borna Coric 3-6 6-4 6-3, while Moldova’s Radu Albot beat his doubles partner Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-3 6-2.
Home favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga made the most of his wild card entry as he fought back from losing the first set to defeat Andrey Rublev of Russia 4-6 7-5 6-4.
Three more Frenchmen prevailed, with Adrian Mannarino beating Casper Ruud 6-4 6-2 in the evening game, adding to earlier wins for Benoit Paire and qualifier Jeremy Chardy.
Cristian Garin beat Pablo Cuevas 6-4 6-3 in an all-South American affair, and Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff overcame Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan 4-6 7-5 6-2.
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