Paris, France (SportsNetwork.com) - Playing his first tennis in four months,
Marin Cilic returned a winner Monday at the $3.65 million Paris Masters tennis
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-
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.
The Sports Network