LONDON (Reuters) - Lofty Croatian Marin Cilic made short work of Slovak qualifier Lukas Lacko on Saturday, finishing their rain delayed third round match 6-3 6-3 6-4 with nine aces in the final set.

The 2014 U.S. Open champion had already wrapped up two sets when rain set in on Friday and he was clearly in no mood to mess about on a blustery Court 12.

The 6-foot-6 (1.98-metre) ninth seed pummeled Lacko from both sides of the court, winning 98 percent of points on his first serve.

He clinched with his 19th ace, wrapping up the match in and hour and 49 minutes.

The 27-year-old will next meet either fifth seed Kei Nishikori of Japan or up-and-coming Russian Andrey Kuznetsov.

(Reporting by Clare Lovell, editing by Ed Osmond)