Sunday, January 25, 2009


World number 27 Marin Cilic, 20, had beaten world number 25 Stephanek and world number 10 Ivan Karlovic en route to his tenth ATP Tour final. He was up against Indian wildcard Somdev Devvarman. Cilic was looking to become the first Croat to win an ATP Tour singles since Mario Ancic won in Toronto in 2006. Cilic fired an ace to start the championship clash.Cilic made use of Devvarman's inability to make the most of break opportunities. Marin Cilic, 20, grabbed a late break in the first set to win it 6-4 after 44 minutes. Cilic's vast experience and strong backhand helped him win his second ATP Tour title. After a similar start to the second set Cilic fought back from 0-30 down to take a 3-2 lead . Cilic was able to break Devverman’s serve in the ninth game of the second set. Devvarman made use of only one of his eight break point opportunities. The Croat claimed the match just under two hours. It was Cilic's second ATP singles title.

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