Cilic returns with a win in Paris

3:13 PM, Oct 28, 2013   |    comments
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Paris, France ( - Playing his first tennis in four months, Marin Cilic returned a winner Monday at the $3.65 million Paris Masters tennis event.

Cilic returned from a four-month doping ban to beat Dutch qualifier Igor Sijsling 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 on the indoor hardcourts at Palais Omnisports de Paris- Bercy.

The 25-year-old Cilic was originally banned for nine months after testing positive for a banned stimulant, but the Court of Arbitration decided the penalty was "too severe" and reduced it last week, clearing the way for the former top-10 Croat to return to action this week.

Up next for Cilic will be fourth seed Juan Martin del Potro, who's fresh off his title last week in Basel, where he beat Swiss icon Roger Federer in the final for a second straight year.

Meanwhile, another former top-10 player, Fernando Verdasco, got past Latvian Ernests Gulbis 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-5) and another Spanish left-hander, Feliciano Lopez, outlasted Aussie qualifier Bernard Tomic 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-1) in Paris.

Also advancing on Day 1 were Colombian qualifier Santiago Giraldo, Czech Lukas Rosol and Dutch qualifier Robin Haase.

This week's top seeds are former Paris Masters runner-up Rafael Nadal, former champion Novak Djokovic and reigning champ David Ferrer, who beat Pole Jerzy Janowicz in last year's finale.

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