SINGAPORE: Taro Daniel of Japan beat Indian Ramkumar Ramanathan on Monday (February 22) in a three-set bout to stage a second-round clash with Croatian Marin Cilic at the Singapore Open tennis tournament.
Daniel won the first set 6-3, but Ramanathan came back to take the second 6-7, winning the tiebreaker.
But the Japanese player won the third set 6-3, sealing his victory with a solid forehand volley.
“In tennis you will always have a chance to have that big break – I think I’m playing well enough to give myself that chance,” Daniel said.
“There are going to be more rallies, so I definitely need to be on top of my serve game, put pressure on (Cilic) with my serve and move him because that’s probably (going to be) his weakness, if there is any. has a.”
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Third seed Cilic aims to rediscover the kind of form that led him to 19 ATP singles titles and the US Open in 2014.
“When you lose a few matches you start to doubt yourself. But for this year I feel like I can definitely make my comeback,” said the world number 43.
In the day’s other singles matches, American Maxime Cressy took a straight set victory 7-6, 6-2 over Taiwanese Jason Jung while Bulgarian wildcard Adrian Andreev defeated South African Lloyd Harris 1 -6, 6-3, 6-4.
Australian Alexei Popyrin won his first meeting with American Christopher Eubanks 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5).
Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka defeated Michael Mmoh 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in one hour and 58 minutes.