Cilic ends Murray win streak in Cincinnati final

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 21, 2016 6:20 PM

(Reuters) - Marin Cilic broke through for his first Masters 1000 series title on Sunday, ending a golden Andy Murray run to win the Southern & Western Open in Cincinnati.

The 12th-seeded Cilic, who has struggled to recapture the form he showed in winning the 2014 U.S. Open, produced a dominating serve and precision groundstrokes in a 6-4 7-5 victory that snapped Murray's 22-match winning streak.

It was the Croat's first victory in the ATP Tour's premier series in his 71st appearance.

The loss put a stop to a grand run by top seed Murray that included his second Wimbledon title and an unprecedented repeat as the Olympic men's singles champion last week at the Rio Games.

(Reporting by Larry Fine in New York; Editing by Andrew Both)