Cilic loses to wild card Copil in China

Croatian Marin Cilic suffered a surprise loss in the first round of the China Open, succumbing to wild card entrant Marius Copil.

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Cilic, the 2011 runner-up, struggled throughout the match with his serve, eventually losing 3-6 7-6 (7-0) 6-4 to a player ranked more than 200 places below him in the world.

"I wasn't serving consistently well. When I had the break up in all three sets I would lose my serve," Cilic said.

"I'm very disappointed," the fourth seed added.

Sixth seed Alexandr Dolgopolov, local favourite Zhang Ze and Florian Mayer and all progressed with comfortable straight-set wins.

Alexandr Dolgopolov eased past Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-0 6-4, Zhang overcame compatriot Wu Di 6-4 6-1 while Mayer outclassed Fabio Fognini 6-1 6-2.

Argentine Carlos Berlocq however survived a second set wobble to beat Croatian-born Australian Marinko Matosevic 3-6 6-2 6-3.



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