The win at the Croatia Open was the 2nd of the year for Marin Cilic (CRO), who also won the Queen’s Club Championships in London in June. In the process Cilic became the first Croat to win the Croatia Open since Goran Prpic won the inaugural event 22 years ago.
In advancing to the finals, Cilic defeated Daniel Brands, Wayne Odesnik, and Alexander Dolgopolov, the winner of the 2011 Croatia Open.
Cilic, the 2nd seed, rallied from a 4-2 deficit in the first set against Marcel Granollers (ESP), the 4th seed, to win 9 games in a row and seize control of the match for the 6-4, 6-2 win.
With a 2nd place finish, Granollers moved to number 20 in the rankings. With the 1st place finish Cilic moved to number 15 in the rankings and is the highest ranked player from Croatia.
After his win, Cilic said to the crowd, “This was a special week and a special victory for me. I played some great tennis.”