It was a ruthless Marin Cilic that won today to forcibly take the title in Umag. The home crowd hero faced a tired Marcel Granollers in the final who was a bit short of energy having played three out of three matches all of which were pushed to three sets.
The Croat however showed no signs of remorse knowing how dangerous Granollers could be on the surface. Whilst playing on his most favorable surface Cilic more than met the rhythm of Granollers despite fighting hard during the first 8 games, having had two break point opportunities, but could not convert either.
From then on Cilic became the boss of the rallies and dominated play after breaking Granollers in the ninth game, ultimately awarding him the first set 6-4. Cilic went on to win seven consecutive games taking the lead up to 5-0.
The Spaniard began to regroup to put his name on the scoreboard after winning his first service game 1-5. However, despite creeping back up the score line with 2-5, it was too little too late for Granollers as Cilic who was the darling of the public won his first title in Umag.
Cilic did not hesitate to close out the match and on his second championship point he sealed the match 6-4 6-2, winning his eighth career title and second this season after the one at Queen's.