Cilic wins Swiss Indoors

Japan's Kei Nishikori dispatched Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina in straight sets Friday to advance to the semifinals of the Swiss Indoors in Basel.

The semi-final fightback from the Asian ace came in the 10th game of the second set when third-seed Nishikori was down a set against his hard-hitting opponent from Luxembourg.

The Japanese world No.5 won just 47 per cent of his first-serve points in the first set, which he lost after dropping two service games.

Wild card Del Potro, whose ranking of 42 is 1,000 places better than in February when he returned after nearly a year of wrist problems and surgery, lost for the first time to third seed Nishikori.

"I played a good match with Cilic", said Nishikori, who reached the final of this tournament in 2011 before being overpowered by former world No. 1 Roger Federer.

"Today I played better than in the first round", the victor said.

Nishikori leads the overall head-to-head 7-4.

Few people gave her any chance of making the final after she lost her first two round-robin matches, including an opening clash against Kerber a weekend ago.

Cilic with the trophy that could have much to do with whether he makes the season-ending World Tour Finals in London. I'm happy with my tennis today. I tried to play with confidence even on my second serve. Croatia's Marin Cilic celebrates after wining the final match against Japan's Kei Nishikori at the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament at the St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016.

After losing the first set, Cibulkova rebounded to win 1-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 as the Russian ran out of steam.

"I played good tactics today, everything was working well". "I was quite focused in the critical moments", Cilic said.

In the second-set decider, however, the third seed's dominance shone through, and he was able to secure a 7-3 victory.

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