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ATP Tel Aviv: Cilic beat Thiem after three sets | Israel today


The Croatian defeated the second ranked in the tournament and 16th in the world • The Israeli duo Idan Leshem and Daniel Zuckerman lost in the doubles tournament at the end of a big drama

The third day of the WATERGEN OPEN tournament in Tel Aviv, this evening (Wednesday) in the 'Expo' hall, brought a quality match between Marin Cilic and Dominic Timm, where the Croatian had the upper hand with (6) 7:6, 2:6 , 4:6.

The US champion from two years ago, and ranked second in the tournament and 16th in the world, was surprised in the first set, when he surrendered only in a tiebreaker, but gradually returned to the match and did not have any difficulties in the second set, and despite a close match in the third set, he would have looked much sharper, to win it and start to celebrate his 33rd birthday today.

Tims in action, photo: Alan Shiver

Yishai Oliel ended his career, after losing also in the doubles tournament, where he partnered with the Serbian Hamad Medvedovic, Novak Djokovic's protégé.

When they succumbed to the Indian Rohan Bopana, the former champion of Roland Garros and the Dutch Matewa Middlekop 4:6, (4)7:6, 10:6.

After Yishai Oliel who came out disappointed, it was also the Israeli duo Idan Leshem and Daniel Zuckerman who lost at the end of a big drama.

The two locals were defeated only at the end of a super tie-break in the third and decisive set of the match against the French duo Albano Olivetti and Constant Lestin.

It ended 6:2, 4:6 and 9:11 for the guests after an hour and 23 minutes of tennis on court number 1.

Drama increased, photo: Alan Shiver

Tomorrow (Thursday), the moment that the tennis fans in Israel have been waiting for will finally arrive, when the Serbian Novak Djokovic will rise at dawn not before 18:30, in the singles tournament against the Spanish Pablo Andojar, in the round of 16, with Idan going up there to play against the Canadian Vasque Phosphosil.

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Source: israelhayom

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