Marcos was beaten in the first round of the If Stockholm Open on Tuesday night, losing to Canadian sixth seed Milos Raonic 7-6(5), 6-7(4), 6-4.
Neither player was able to engineer a break of serve in the first two sets. Having saved a break point in the 10th game, Marcos was denied on a set point in the 12th game and paid the price for a costly double fault on Raonic’s first set point in the tie-break to lose the opener.
Marcos saved two break points down 15/40 in the sixth game of the second set to push the match into another tie-break. Raonic struck first to lead 4-2 as Marcos netted a backhand, but the Cypriot hit back strongly. A forehand pass on the run inspired him as he claimed five points in succession to level the match
The pressure of facing a big-serving opponent finally told for Marcos in the decider, though. Raonic earned the first and only breakthrough of the match in the third game, converting with a backhand up the line winner, and Marcos could find no way back. Raonic went on to serve out victory in two hours and 22 minutes, having fired 22 aces, but winning two points fewer than Marcos in total.
Marcos remains in contention in the doubles, playing alongside Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro. They defeated Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram 4-6, 7-5, 10-6 on Monday to earn a place in the quarter-finals.
Marcos and Juan Martin del Potro continued to enjoy success on their debut outing, defeating 2008 Australian Open champions Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram 6-4, 7-5 on Thursday to reach the semi-finals of the If Stockholm Open.
Marcos and del Potro broke serve four times from six opportunities and won 80 per cent of points on their first serve to clinch victory in 78 minutes.
In the semi-finals they will face top seeds Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi. ‘The Indo-Pak Express’ are bidding for a strong showing this week to boost their chances of qualifying for the year-end Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. They have won one title this season, triumphing in Halle, and also reached the US Open semi-finals.
The match is scheduled for first on Centre Court on Friday, with play set to begin at midday local time (1pm Cyprus). Check out the full order of play here.
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Marcos and Juan Martin del Potro bowed out in the semi-finals of the If Stockholm Open on Friday, losing a closely fought encounter with top seeds Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi 2-6, 6-2, 10-8.
Marcos and del Potro went up a double break 4-1 lead in the first set as Marcos flicked a forehand pass for a winner. Del Potro saved three break points in the following game to secure a 5-1 lead before Marcos served out the opener in the eighth game.
Bopanna and Qureshi hit back in the second set, though, breaking Marcos’ serve in the fourth and eighth games to level the match. In the deciding Match Tie-break, ‘The Indo-Pak Express’ converted their first match point after 68 minutes as del Potro was pushed back and netted a forehand.
“It was a nice week for me, played some matches,” said Marcos. “Today’s match was tough...the guys played really good. But it was a lot of fun playing with Juan.”
Marcos now has a week off before returning to action at the Swiss Indoors Basel, which begins on Monday 31 October.