July 3, 2017 / 5:31 PM / a month ago

Big-serving Cilic powers past German Kohlschreiber

Tennis - Wimbledon - London, Britain - July 3, 2017 Croatia’s Marin Cilic celebrates winning the first round match against Germany’s Philipp KohlschreiberStefan Wermuth

LONDON (Reuters) - Marin Cilic's power game proved far too much for Philipp Kohlschreiber in the Wimbledon first round on Monday as the Croatian seventh seed swept his German opponent aside 6-4 6-2 6-3.

After a tight first set which he edged by snatching the only break point, 6ft 6in tall Cilic increasingly dictated terms with his big forehand and booming serve, which bought him a string of cheap points and dug him out of tight corners.

It wasn't all brute force from the back of the court, however, as the 28-year-old showed fine touch to close out the second set with a delicate drop shot and serve-volleyed on several occasions to keep 60th-ranked Kohlschreiber off balance.

For 33-year-old Kohlschreiber, the loss extended a woeful recent record at Wimbledon where he has failed to win a match since 2014 and he has now lost in the first round at the All England Club seven times.

Reporting by Pravin Char, editing by Ed Osmond

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