The reigning US Open champion Marin Cilic crashed out of the Barcelona open on Tuesday. He lost to Victor Estrella of the Dominican Republic 6-4,6-4.
Estrella broke Cilic four times on the outdoor red clay, stealing his serve to go ahead 5-4 in the second set, and finishing off the ninth-ranked Croat by holding serve to love. Estrella, who had won only one match in his last five tournaments, celebrated after placing a long forehand out of Cilic’s reach on match point.
The 26-year-old Cilic is playing just his third tournament of the season after being sidelined with a shoulder injury. As the fourth seed, he had a bye in the first round.
”I was not too happy with the way I played,” Cilic said. ”I made a lot of unforced errors. I feel I still need several matches to get my form to a good stage.”
Estrella ranked 53rd, last year became the first Dominican to finish a season in the top 100.