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Djokovic through, Cilic, Thiem knocked out of Shanghai Masters

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Chile’s Nicolas Jarry achieved a stunning upset by outlasting fifth-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia, 2/6; 7/6 (6); 7/5 to move into the third round of the on-going Shanghai Masters tennis tournament.

Also the sixth seeded Domini Thiem of Austria fell to Matthew Ebden of Australia 6/4; 6/7 (8); 7/6 (4).

Earlier in the day, the second seed, Novak Djokovic defeated Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6/3; 7/5 in a second round match.

The fifth seeded Cilic won the first set quickly and could have won the match in the second set but lost the tie break 8-10.

Cilic got a break in the fifth game of the third set and served to extend the lead 4-2 and it seemed he was on the way to victory.

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But the lanky Chilean had other ideas. He held serve to reduce the tally to 3-4 and later broke Cilic’s serve to level at five games apiece.

Serving in the 11th game, the 48th ranked player did not drop a point and clinched it with an ace.

Cilic needed to hold to stay in the match but his first serve was returned for a winner.

The second point of the game was also taken by Jarry off a first serve.

Then Cilic hammered his 17th ace of the match to reduce scores to 15-30. However, a second serve was hammered for a winner and the Chilean had the first match point.

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Cilic battled to cancel the first match point but his opponent took the next point for the match.

Australia’s Matthew Ebden followed his first round three-set victory over American Tiafoe by outlasting Dominic Thiem of Austria.

The sixth seeded Thiem was a point away from defeat in the second set but clinched it in a close tie-break that ended 10 points to eight.

The third set also reached six games apiece and the 30-year-old Aussie (ranked 51 in the world) prevailed six points to four to win the set and match.

Serbia’s Borna Coric defeated American Bradley Klahn 6/4; 6/2. Was fatigue a factor, considering that Klahn had outlasted Australia’s Nick Kyrgios in a marathon of three sets? Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk achieved victory over Marton Fucsovics of Hungary, 6/4; 6/7 (3); 7/6 (5).

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