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Cilic Claims Third Zagreb Trophy

Zagreb, Croatia

Cilic© AFP/Getty ImagesMarin Cilic has a 4-2 record in indoor finals.

Marin Cilic won his third PBZ Zagreb Indoors title on Sunday with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Jurgen Melzer of Austria in the final, which lasted 67 minutes. The Croatian now has a 9-7 record in ATP World Tour finals.

Cilic, who is currently No. 12 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, also lifted the trophy in 2009 (d. Ancic) and 2010 (d. Berrer). He has a 17-4 record at the ATP World Tour 250 tennis tournament.

“Most of my game was working extremely well," said Cilic. "My returns were really good and I had a read on almost all of his serves. I took my chances and defended well. Overall, I played a great match from beginning to the end.”

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Cilic received €74,000 in prize money and 250 Emirates ATP Ranking points, while 31-year-old Melzer earned €39,000, 150 points and dropped to a 4-8 mark in title matches. 

“He was the better player today," said Melzer. "I needed it to be close at 4-all, 5-all in the first set to give me confidence. That didn’t happen and he ran away with it. I felt like I was hitting the ball really well at the beginning, but he hit the ball even better. 

“What made the difference in the first few games is that he had free points on serve, whereas I had to work for them: hit a winner or play well so he missed. He deserved the victory.”

Melzer recorded his 300th match win on Friday over Lukas Rosol in the quarter-finals. Three of his four ATP World Tour titles have come indoors at 2009 Vienna (d. Cilic), 2010 Vienna (d. Haider-Maurer) and 2012 Memphis (d. Raonic).

This week, Cilic hit 33 aces, saved nine of 14 break points and converted 15 of 30 break point chances. The 24 year old now has a 9-2 record on the season.

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