Cilic wins as Royals triumph

The Croat claimed a 6-4 win over Tsonga, while Kristina Mladenovic wrapped up victory in the women???s singles to ensure the Royals stayed in touch with the table’s pacesetters.

Mark Philippoussis made a winning start for Manila, claiming a 6-5 victory over Goran Ivanisevic, but Cilic hit back before Tsonga gained a measure of revenge in the men???s doubles.

Partnering Treat Huey, the Frenchman helped to secure a 6-3 win over Cilic and Nenad Zimonjic.

But Mladenovic played a key role for the Royals, firstly partnering Zimonjic to a 6-1 win over Daniel Nestor and Kirsten Flipkens in the mixed doubles.

She then ended any hopes of a Manila fight back with a 6-4 win over Flipkens in the final encounter. ????

Tsonga is relishing the challenge of the new competition, despite suffering defeat.

???We???re having a lot of fun, the whole team???s playing well and we???re enjoying it,??? he told iptlworld.com.

???The format is great, it is a lot of fun to play, there is a lot of energy during each tie, we are a little bit tired, but it???s very exciting and it???s good to be part of it because it???s a success and is going to stay for a long time.???

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