Marin Cilic wins in Zagreb again

  • Last Updated: February 10 2013, 21:19 GMT

Marin Cilic claimed his third PBZ Zagreb Indoors crown with an impressive victory over Jurgen Melzer.

Marin Cilic hides behind his trophy.
Marin Cilic hides behind his trophy.

The Croatian, the winner here in 2009 and 2010, eased past Austrian Melzer 6-3 6-1 in just 67 minutes.

Cilic, the top seed, claimed the opening set on a solitary break and broke a further three times in the second as Melzer's erratic game fell apart.

The world number 12 did not face a break point in the contest as he secured the ninth title of his career.

Cilic said: "Most of my game was working extremely well. My returns were really good and I had a read on almost all of his serves. I took my chances and defended well. Overall, I played a great match from beginning to the end."

Melzer admitted the better man had won.

"He was the better player today," he said. "I needed it to be close at 4-4, 5-5 in the first set to give me confidence. That didn't happen and he ran away with it.

"I felt like I was hitting the ball really well at the beginning, but he hit the ball even better.

"He deserved the victory."

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