Second seed Marin Cilic is the first through to the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open final as he ended Diego Schwartzman’s title defense hopes in straight-sets.

Following his 400th milestone match-win yesterday against Steve Darcis, world no. 8 and second seed Marin Cilic grabs another straight-sets victory as he knocked out the defending champion Diego Schwartzman 6-1, 7-6 to reach the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open final.

Giant Croat was off to a flying start into the match while closing out the first set 6-1 in 28 minutes. It was also one-way traffic earlier in the second set as 2014 US Open champion took a commanding 4-0 lead. At this moment, Istanbul Open fan favorite Schwartzman started a strong comeback.

Winning four games in a row to level at 4-4, Schwartzman got broken on tenth game but again managed to stay in the match breaking back before taking the set to a tie-break. Third seed Argentine missed three set points in the crucial tie-break – two at 6/4, one at 7/6 – as Cilic kept his nerves to seal the deal on his first match point for 9/7.

After 1 hour and 39 minutes, Cilic advanced into his first final of the year, 28th overall. 28-year-old will be bidding for his second clay-court title, after triumphing in Umag in 2012. Meanwhile this is the second loss in 12 matches in Istanbul for Schwartzman who falls to 0-11 against top 10 opponents.