Found July 15, 2012 on Tennis Panorama :
PLAYERS: Marin Cilic
  Marin Cilic became the first Croatian to win the Croatia Open in 22 years, defeating Marcel Granollers of Spain 6-4, 6-2 in Umag. “It’s a real privilege to be among these champions,” said Cilic. “It was really special this week. I played great tennis and I was enjoying every moment in my matches. I’m really glad I won for my supporters, my team and myself.” Down 2-4  in the first set, Cilic won nine games in a row to take a 5-0 lead in the second set. “I think Marin was much better than me,” said Granollers. “He played a very good match. I was up 4-2 in the first set but I did not close out the set. Marin started to play better and better. The second set, I didn’t know how to win a point. I congratulate him on how he played.” “Marcel is a really dangerous player, so it was not easy in the beginning. He was playing really well and not giving me too much. After I found some solutions, I kept with him and played great tennis. It was maybe my best match of the week. I had a streak of w
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