Marin Cilic advanced to the Zagreb ATP tournament final after defeating defending champion Mikhail Youzhny of Russia 4-6 6-4 6-3 in two hours and 29 minutes.
After both players split sets to take this semi-final match into a decider, the two times Zagreb champion Cilic broke Youzhny at the beginning of the third set to take a 2-0 lead. Despite the Russian staging a mini comeback to level the score at 3-3, the Croat stepped up a gear once more, winning three consecutive games to sail to victory.
In Sunday’s final, Cilic will play Austrian Jurgen Melzer, who overcame Robin Haase of Netherlands 7-6 (2) 6-3 in one hour and 23 minutes. In the previous round, Melzer won his 300th tour-level match, which is a superb achievement.
Cilic will be aiming to capture his 9th ATP title, whereas Melzer could get to his 5th ATP trophy should he prevail in the final.