Croatia’s Marin Cilic clinched his fourth title in Zagreb, when he defeated world No. 12 Tommy Haas in straight sets to lift the PBZ Zagreb Indoors title on Sunday. The World No. 37 has won 20 of his past 21 matches at this event and now holds an event-best 22-4 win-loss record.
In their fourth career meeting on the tour, Cilic powered 10 aces to beat the top seed 6-3, 6-4 in 80 minutes. The fifth seed, who captured the 2009, 2010 and 2013 Zagreb titles, received €77,315 in prize money and 250 Emirates ATP Ranking points for his efforts throughout the week.
“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.”
The German, who appeared fatigued from his gruelling matches throughout the week, earned €40,720 and 150 Emirates Ranking points for his efforts. He is also 15-13 overall in ATP World Tour Finals.
“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.”