No. 27 seed Marin Cilic won the first two sets of his U.S. Open first-round match against unseeded American Ryan Harrison, but need a tiebreaker in the third set to close it on Monday. Cilic eventually won the match 6-2, 7-5, 7-6 (6) after getting a mini-break on the final point of the tiebreaker. There were 16 break points in the match, with Cilic successfully breaking Harrison seven times and Harrison winning four break points.
Cilic did not have to play particularly well to win in straight sets. He committed 41 unforced errors, had four double-faults and only got 46 percent of his first-serves in, registering just one ace. He was able to somewhat offset that with 37 winners, but he mostly let Harrison beat himself. The 19-year-old, who was playing in just his second U.S. Open, connected on just 42 percent of his first serves, had seven double-faults to just one ace, registered just 11 winners to 37 unforced errors, and giving Cilic nine break-point opportunities.
Among the other seeded players already secure their spots in the second round were No. 20 Janko Tipsarevic, No. 22 Alexandr Dolgopolov and No. 31 Marcel Granollers. Tipasrevic handled Augustin Gensse 6-2, 7-5, 6-0, Granollers beat Xavier Malise 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 and Dolgopolov topped Frederico Gil 6-2-, 6-4, 7-5. Italian Flavio Cipolia also advanced.
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