German No. 1 Tommy Haas and three time champion Marin Cilic will compete for the PZB Zagreb Indoor title on Sunday afternoon, after working their way through the draw this week. Cilic, who is competing for a fourth title in Zagreb, will meet Haas for the fourth time on the professional tour, with the Head-to-Head series standing at 2-1 for Haas.
After a disappointing start to his season, where he lost in the opening round in Auckland to Jack Sock and in the opening round of the Australian Open to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, world No. 12 Tommy Haas has recovered nicely to arrive at his first ATP World Tour final this season. The top seed needed three sets to dispatch of British No. 2 and lucky loser Daniel Evans on Saturday afternoon. Haas hit 7 aces and hit 71% of his first service points to clinch a 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 victory in just under two hours.
Cilic has already won the title on three separate occasions, in 2009, 2010 and 2013. He will now be looking for a record fourth title in Zagreb, after he proved to be too strong for qualifier Bjorn Phau on Saturday. Cilic recored the 6-3, 6-4 victory in 85 minutes to the delight of the Croatian crowd. He is now one win away from lifting his tenth ATP World Tour title on Sunday.
This marks the fourth time these two competitors will meet on the tour, but is also the first time on a hard court surface. Haas holds a victory on grass (Wimbledon) and on clay, while Cilic’s sole win was on clay. Cilic is yet to drop a set this week in Zagreb and has certainly spent less court time than his opponent tomorrow, who took part in two three set encounters, including in his semi-final match, which will likely wear him down ahead of the final.
Prediction: Marin Cilic in Three Sets