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Cilic wins his 3rd Zagreb Indoors title, beats Melzer

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Associated Press
2/10/2013 12:45:38 PM
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ZAGREB, Croatia -- Home favourite Marin Cilic defeated Jurgen Melzer of Austria 6-3, 6-1 on Sunday to win his third Zagreb Indoors title.

The top-seeded Croat cruised to his ninth career title, wrapping up the win in just over an hour. Cilic also won the tournament in 2009 and '10 and now has a 17-4 record in Zagreb.

"I felt I played an almost perfect match, for sure the best one in a year, year and a half," Cilic said. "Everything worked perfectly -- serve, return, movement on court. ... I put big pressure on him."

Cilic converted four of his 12 break points, taking a 2-0 lead to start the match and breaking again for 5-3 in the first set.

Cilic finished with 33 winners in his ninth meeting with Melzer, improving his head-to-head record to 7-2.

"He deserved the victory," Melzer said. "It was a really good match he played, very well from the baseline, had good serve. I had to play for all points on my serve."

Marin Cilic (Photo: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

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(Photo: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
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