Marin Cilic, the No. 13 seed from Croatia, suffered a mid-match scare before defeating Spaniard Marcel Granollers 6-2, 6-7(4), 6-1 to successfully begin his 2009 Madrid campaign. The right-hander reached the third round (l. to Murray) on his debut appearance in the Spanish capital last year, when the event was contested on indoor hard court in October. He next will meet Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany.
Cilic is this week a career-high No. 14 in the South African Airways 2009 ATP Rankings, reflecting a strong start to the season that has seen the 20-year-old Zagreb resident capture two ATP World Tour hard-court titles at Chennai (d. Devvarman) and Zagreb (d. Ancic). Last week he reached his first clay-court quarter-final of the year in Munich (l. to Chardy).