Cilic beats Haas for Zagreb crown

The Sports NetworkFebruary 8, 2014 

Zagreb, Croatia (SportsNetwork.com) - Marin Cilic continued his dominance at the Zagreb Indoors tournament, winning the title for the second straight year and fourth time overall with a straight-set victory over Tommy Haas in Sunday's final.

Cilic needed a mere 80 minutes to post a 6-3, 6-4 win over the top-seeded German on Sunday. In addition to his victory last year, the Croat also won in his home country in 2009 and 2010.

"I feel great after winning it last year and winning it twice more in '09 and '10," said Cilic. "It feels great again to win here at home. The week was really good. It's going to help my confidence and my game, especially in the indoor season."

Seeded fifth this week, Cilic improved to 10-8 all-time in ATP finals. He tied Ivan Ljubicic for the second-most titles by a Croat and trails only his coach Goran Ivanisevic's total of 22.

Haas broke serve in the first game of the match, but Cilic rebounded by winning five of the next six games to take control. Cilic saved a break point in the sixth game of the second set. It would have given Haas a 4-2 lead, but Cilic instead went on to win three straight games for a 5-3 edge and closed it out on his second match point.

"I started with a break, didn't feel I was playing my best tennis in the beginning when I needed to step up and put more pressure on him," said Haas. "He played the big points better with good shots and deserved to win."

It was a good week for Haas, who had been eliminated in the first match of his first two events this year. He fell to 15-13 all-time in finals.

Cilic improved to 2-2 lifetime against Haas.

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