Mannarino beats top seed Cilic to reach Japan Open final

Mannarino beats top seed Cilic to reach Japan Open final

Mannarino beats top seed Cilic to reach Japan Open final

Should stand. With AP Photos.

Raonic's misfortune is Marin Cilic's gain, as the Canadian's retirement opens up the draw for the big-serving Croatian, with no seed left in his half. Goffin, victor of a title last week in China, overcame France's Richard Gasquet 7-5 6-2.

Mannarino, ranked 31st in the world, beat No. 5 Cilic 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-0 in a marathon that lasted 2 hours, 42 minutes at Ariake Colosseum.

A Schwartzman double fault at 6-6 in the second tiebreak gifted Goffin a chance to serve for the match, which he converted.

In a fiercely-contested match, Cilic's powerful groundstrokes gave him a 5-3 lead in the first set but Mannarino fought back to force a tiebreak, which the Frenchman led 4-2 before losing five of the next six points. Follow any of the links on this page to Bet365 & click on the play button to watch Adrian Mannarino v David Goffin in ATP Tokyo.

Goffin recovered from a 5-2 deficit in the first set and won 10 of the next 11 games to beat Richard Gasquet 7-5, 6-2.

Last weekend, he claimed his first title in three years in Shenzhen, China. "It's really clear in your head, and you trust in your hands". With Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka out for the season, 10th place will be enough to secure a place at the season-ending tournament. He broke to go 6-5 ahead with a backhand half-volley dropshot, then served out with an ace down the middle. "I needed one or two games just to get used to the conditions, then I started to feel the ball really well, feel my rhythm, become more aggressive game after game".

"I don't know if he served worse or I returned better but it changed a lot from the middle of the second set - then I was unsafe in every service game of Marin's", Mannarino said.

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