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Marin Cilic became the first home player to win the Croatia Open in 22 years, beating Marcel Granollers of Spain 6-4, 6-2 in Sunday's final.
Cilic trailed 4-2 in the first set before winning nine games in a row to seize a commanding 5-0 lead in the second.
Granollers saved two match points before Cilic sealed the victory with a forehand winner.
Cilic is the first Croat to claim the title since Goran Prpic won the inaugural event in 1990. It was Cilic's second title of the year after winning at Queen's Club last month.
Cilic told the crowd in Umag that "this was a special week and a special victory for me," and that "I played some great tennis."
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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.”
Marcel Granollers from Spain reached the Croatia Open final by defeating top-seeded countryman Fernando Verdasco 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-1 on Saturday.
Granollers will play either second-seeded Croat Marin Cilic or defending champion Alexandr Dolgopolov from Ukraine for his fourth career title.
Fourth-seeded Granollers broke twice to win the first set. Verdasco overcame the slow start...