Zagreb, Croatia - Home favourite Marin Cilic defeated Jurgen Melzer of Austria 6-3, 6-1 on Sunday to win his third Zagreb Indoors title.
The top-seeded Croat cruised to his ninth career title, wrapping up the win in just over an hour. Cilic also won the tournament in 2009 and 2010 and now has a 17-4 record in Zagreb.
“I felt I played an almost perfect match, for sure the best one in a year, year and a half,” Cilic said. “Everything worked perfectly - serve, return, movement on court... I put big pressure on him.”
Cilic converted four of his 12 break points, taking a 2-0 lead to start the match and breaking again for 5-3 in the first set.
Cilic finished with 33 winners in his ninth meeting with Melzer, improving his head-to-head record to 7-2.
“He deserved the victory,” Melzer said. “It was a really good match he played, very well from the baseline, had good serve. I had to play for all points on my serve.” - Sapa-AP