PBZ ZAGREB INDOORS 2013
Cilic Goes For Third Zagreb Title; Melzer Maintains Run Of Form
by ATP Staff|
Top-seeded Croatian Marin Cilic will look to capture a third PBZ Zagreb Indoors title on Sunday when he meets Jurgen Melzer of Austria in the final.
Cilic, the 2009-2010 champion, will also be attempting to capture his ninth ATP World Tour title. The World No. 12 defeated third seed and defending champion Mikhail Youzhny of Russia 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in two hours and 29 minutes for a place in his 16th final.
"It was a tough match as expected. This surface suits him and it was seen today again," Cilic said. "I did not serve as I wanted to, so I had to try to find different approach. There was lot of baseline exchanges, lots of running and tactical solutions."
Cilic, who has a 3-2 record in indoor title matches, has a 6-2 record over Melzer in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series. Cilic has won indoor titles at 2009-10 Zagreb and 2011-St. Petersburg.
Twenty four hours after he recorded his 300th tour-level match victory, Jurgen Melzer advanced to the final.
The former World No. 8 will bid to capture his fifth ATP World Tour title (4-7 overall) on Sunday after the fourth-seeded Austrian knocked out Robin Haase of the Netherlands 7-6(2), 6-3 in 83 minutes.
"I felt I played a very good match. It was for sure the best of the tournament so far," said Melzer. "I felt like I was the better player the whole first set. I just couldn't convert my chances. I had to stay focused, which I did in the tie-break."
Three of Melzer’s four trophies have come indoors at 2009-Vienna (d. Cilic), 2010-Vienna (d. Haider-Maurer) and 2012 Memphis (d. Raonic).