Marin Cilic shut his place in the 3rd round of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters after a hard fought win over Igor Andreev of Russia. The 4th start finally dispatched Andreev 6-7 6-1 6-4 but it took the Croatian nearly 3 hours to do so.
Cilic, come out in his 1st clay court match for 10 months, begin the match slowly, let the Russian to dominate the starting exchanges & clinch the 1st set on a tie break. However Cilic take back his momentum in the 2nd set, offering up just 1 game as he marched to a 6-1 success.
And while Cilic twice went a break down in the deciding set, he held on to claim it 6-4 & progress to round 3. "The situations were tough, the balls were heavy," Cilic said.