Cilic, Ramos Vinolas and Verdasco win at Rio Open debut
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 20, 2018 11:51 AM
FILE - Croatia's Marin Cilic celebrates after taking the second set against Britain's Kyle Edmund during their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — World number three Marin Cilic of Croatia won his debut at the Rio Open. The tournament's top seed beat Argentinian Carlos Berlocq 6-3, 6-2 on Monday.
Fourth seed Albert Ramos Vinolas of Spain overcame Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva in three sets: 6-3, 3-6 and 6-4.
Spaniard Fernando Verdasco also needed three sets to win. He qualified to the ATP 500 round of 16 with a 6-2, 3-6 and 6-3 victory over Argentina's Leonardo Mayer.
Second seed and world number six Dominic Thiem of Austria will debut on Tuesday in the clay tournament at Rio de Janeiro's Jockey Club.
On Sunday Thiem won the title of the ATP 250 Argentina Open in Buenos Aires for the second time in the tournament that kicks off Latin America's tennis season.