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Cilic Tops Haas For Fourth Zagreb Title

Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb Cilic 2014© AFP/Getty ImagesMarin Cilic has won 20 of his past 21 matches in Zagreb.

Marin Cilic clinched the PBZ Zagreb Indoors title for a fourth time on Sunday.

The fifth seed struck 10 aces to beat top seed Tommy Haas 6-3, 6-4 in 80 minutes. It was the pair’s first FedEx ATP Head2Head hard-court meeting and fourth overall (tied at 2-2).

In the pantheon of Croatian title holders in the Open Era (since 1968), Cilic is now tied for second with former World No. 3 Ivan Ljubicic on 10 crowns. Cilic’s coach, Goran Ivanisevic, won 22 pieces of silverware – including 2001 Wimbledon. 

"I feel great after winning it last year and winning it twice more in '09 and '10," said Cilic. "It feels great again to win here at home. The week was really good. It's going to help my confidence and my game, especially in the indoor season. I'm going to head to Rotterdam now and I'm looking forward to keep playing with good form there."

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Cilic, who captured the 2009-10 and 2013 Zagreb titles, received €77,315 in prize money and 250 Emirates ATP Ranking points. The World No. 37 has won 20 of his past 21 matches in Zagreb and now holds an event-best 22-4 win-loss record.

"Overall I think I played really well," Cilic added. "I served good today even though my percentage wasn't too high especially in the first set. I felt the best this week. That's a positive thing. I haven't lost too much energy, which is important for next week too."

Haas is now 15-13 lifetime in ATP World Tour finals. The 35 year old is one of six active players in the 500 match wins club. On Saturday he won his 550th match against lucky loser Daniel Evans

"First of all, congratulations to Marin," Haas said. "I think he played a solid match. He served well when he had to. I started with a break, didn't feel I was playing my best tennis in the beginning when I needed to step up and put more pressure on him. He played the big points better with good shots and deserved to win."

The German takes home €40,720 and 150 points.

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