Marin Cilic discovered his path to a 19th tour-level title on Saturday, following the Singapore Tennis Open draw.
The 2014 US Open champion is the third seed at the ATP 250, which is being held on a single-year licence at the 3,000-seater OCBC Arena inside the vast Singapore Sports Hub. Cilic, who is aiming to capture his ninth ATP Tour crown on indoor hard courts, will meet Taro Daniel or Ramkumar Ramanathan in his first match of the tournament.
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Cilic shares the third quarter of the draw with eighth seed Soonwoo Kwon of South Korea. The 32-year-old will attempt to capture his first trophy since the 2018 cinch Championships and move one step closer to joining the exclusive ’20 Club’.
Cilic is two titles away from becoming only the sixth active player to lift 20 tour-level crowns. Roger Federer (103), Rafael Nadal (86), Novak Djokovic (81), Andy Murray (46) and Juan Martin del Potro (22) are the only active players to win 20 or more tour-level events.
Also in the bottom half of the draw is second seed John Millman. The Aussie will try to double his ATP Tour trophy count with Singapore success. Last year’s Nur-Sultan titlist is joined in the fourth quarter by seventh seed Lloyd Harris of South Africa.
In the top half of the draw, Adrian Mannarino and Alexander Bublik lead the way. Top seed Mannarino will bid to reach his fourth ATP Tour final on indoor hard courts (0-3), while fourth seed Bublik will aim to go one step further than his runner-up finish at last month’s Antalya Open (l. to De Minaur). Mannarino shares the top quarter of the draw with sixth seed Radu Albot. Bublik is joined in the second quarter by fifth seed Yoshihito Nishioka.