Marin Cilic (pictured) eased past wild card Yan Bai 6-3, 6-4.
Beijing, China (SportsNetwork.com) -
U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic and fifth seed Grigor Dimitrov were a pair of first-round winners Monday at the $2.5 million China Open tennis event.
The fourth-seeded Croatian star Cilic, a Beijing runner-up in 2009 and 2011, eased past Chinese wild card Yan Bai 6-3, 6-4, while the Bulgarian Dimitrov held off Spanish left-hander and former top-10 star Fernando Verdasco 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 on the hardcourts at Beijing Olympic Green Tennis Center.
Also on Day 1, Canadian Vasek Pospisil topped Czech Lukas Rosol 6-4, 6-3, Portuguese Joao Sousa overcame Russian qualifier Teymuraz Gabashvili 1-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 and Serbian wild card Viktor Troicki doused Russia's Mikhail Youzhny, the 2004 Beijing runner-up, 6-3, 6-4.