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ATP World Tour Finals 2016: Cilic finishes with maiden win; Klaasen/Ram qualify

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In the last round robin match of the 2016 edition of the World Tour Finals, Marin Cilic overcame Nishikori in 3 sets 3-6, 6-2, 6-3. The match might well have been a dead rubber, but Cilic after a sluggish start found the motivation to turn it around clinching the last two sets against a fast fading Nishikori. The win is the first for Cilic at the season finale and pushes the Croat up to No.6 in the rankings, the highest of his career.

Today’s performance could well prove to be ideal preparation for the Davis Cup final against Argentina next week. Nishikori will now need to quickly regroup before his semifinal against Djokovic tomorrow evening. In the other semi, Murray takes on Raonic.

In the doubles, surprise package Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram defeated Feliciano Lopez & Marc Lopez in the last doubles round robin game. The hard fought 6-3, 7-6(8) win allowed the seventh seeds to advance to the semifinal on their debut at the season finale. The duo take on World No.1 pairing Bruno Soares and Jamie Murray in the evening contest while in the afternoon Kontinen and Peers take on 4 time champions, the Bryan brothers.

Final Scores:

M.Cilic d K.Nishikori 3-6, 6-2, 6-3

R.Klaasen/R.Ram d F.Lopez/M. Lopez 6-3, 7-(8)