Former world No. 3 Marin Cilic was thrilled after capturing the Mercedes Cup title and winning his first title since 2018. Cilic, now ranked at No. 47 in the world, beat rising Canadian star Felix Auger-Aliassime in straight sets 7-6 (2) 6-3 in the Stuttgart final.
“It was a very important win. I played two semi-finals and did not win a title since 2018, also on grass at Queen’s. Winning here brings out joy for me, good confidence and a good feeling,” Cilic said. "I felt like I was playing good tennis in these last few weeks.
Winning here is a great way for me to continue my form and it gives me a good sign for Queen’s and Wimbledon. It is a joy to win my first title with my family here for the first time at any tournament.."
Cilic showed his experience
Cilic failed to convert any of his three break point chances in the opening game but also saved three break points in the second game.
Cilic also failed to convert any of his three break point in the fifth game but saved a break point in the sixth game. Cilic finally claimed the first break of the match in the 11th game but blew a set point in the following game as Auger-Aliassime forced a decider.
However, Cilic kept his focus and dominate the tie-break to win a tight opener. Cilic then claimed the first break of the second set in the eighth game, before serving out for the match in the following game. “Experience plays a big part, especially on grass.
The conditions can be difficult, the court plays quite quick. I felt this was a good chance for me to give it my all, keep my intensity. Even though some games were up and others down, that was a big part of my victory today," Cilic added. Cilic now has 19 ATP titles in his collection and it remains to be seen how far can he go in Queen's.