Chennai, Jan 4:
Little known Jozef Kovalik caused the biggest upset of the Chennai Open as he knocked out world number six and tournament-favourite Marin Cilic in a gripping pre-quarterfinal, here today.
Qualifier Kovalik, winner of just two Challenger titles in his career, was up against a Grand Slam winner but made Cilic’s life as tough as possible with his never-say-die spirit and in the end was a proud winner.
Kovalik, ranked 117, showed nerves of steel in a hard-earned 7-6(5) 5-7 7-5 win over the ‘rusty’ top seed. (PTI)