Wawrinka withdraws from Swiss Indoors as Cilic wins opener

ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 23, 2018 07:06 AM
Wawrinka withdraws from Swiss Indoors as Cilic wins opener
FILE - Marin Cilic of Croatia, celebrates his five set victory over Alex de Minau, of Australia, in a third-round tennis match at the U.S. Open tennis championship, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — Three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka has ended his season after withdrawing from the Swiss Indoors with a back injury.

Wawrinka says there is "disappointment and sadness" in taking a decision for his long-term plans.

The 33-year-old Swiss, who was due to play Wednesday against Adrian Mannarino, is now ranked 68th after battling knee injuries for more than a year.

Third-seeded Marin Cilic moved into the second round by beating Denis Shapovalov 6-4, 6-2.

Cilic can confirm his place in next month's ATP Finals in London by repeating his 2016 title in Basel.

Top-seeded Roger Federer is seeking a ninth career title at his hometown tournament.

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