Cilic becomes first Croatian to Win Croatia Open in 22 years


Marin Cilic became the first Croatian to win the Croatia Open in 22 years, defeating Marcel Granollers of Spain 6-4, 6-2 in Umag.

“It’s a real privilege to be among these champions,” said Cilic. “It was really special this week. I played great tennis and I was enjoying every moment in my matches. I’m really glad I won for my supporters, my team and myself.”

Down 2-4  in the first set, Cilic won nine games in a row to take a 5-0 lead in the second set.

“I think Marin was much better than me,” said Granollers. “He played a very good match. I was up 4-2 in the first set but I did not close out the set. Marin started to play better and better. The second set, I didn’t know how to win a point. I congratulate him on how he played.”

“Marcel is a really dangerous player, so it was not easy in the beginning. He was playing really well and not giving me too much. After I found some solutions, I kept with him and played great tennis. It was maybe my best match of the week. I had a streak of winning nine games in a row, so that was amazing. It helped me to relax and know that I was on the right path.”

For Cilic it’s his second title of the year, he won the Queen’s Club tournament last month.


ATP Bastad, Stuttgart, Umag – Monday Results, Tuesday Schedules

Results – Monday, July 9, 2012

SkiStar Swedish Open

Singles – First Round
[WC] T Robredo (ESP) d [8] A Ungur (ROU) 64 62
S Bolelli (ITA) d P Capdeville (CHI) 76(5) 76(3)
J Zopp (EST) d [WC] C Lindell (SWE) 62 62
J Hajek (CZE) d F Delbonis (ARG) 76(3) 63

Doubles – First Round
M Elgin (RUS) / M Kukushkin (KAZ) d [WC] F Bergevi (SWE) / F Simonsson (SWE) 61 62

Stuttgart, Germany

Singles – First Round
[WC] D Brown (GER) d [6] N Davydenko (RUS) 75 36 76(7) – saved 1 M.P.
S Darcis (BEL) d A Montanes (ESP) 62 64
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d R Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP) 62 63

Doubles – First Round
[3] J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL) d C Stebe (GER) / B Tomic (AUS) 62 63
[WC] M Emmrich (GER) / B Phau (GER) d T Bellucci (BRA) / E Schwank (ARG) 75 46 10-6



Singles – First Round
[7] M Klizan (SVK) d [WC] A Bedene (SLO) 62 62
[WC] A Kuznetsov (RUS) d D Munoz-De La Nava (ESP) 63 57 76(5)
M Bachinger (GER) d J Sousa (POR) 67(5) 61 76(6)

Doubles – First Round
B Kavcic (SLO) / J Pospisil (CZE) d [WC] F Skugor (CRO) / A Veic (CRO) 61 63


SkiStar Swedish Open
CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am

H Zeballos (ARG) vs J Souza (BRA)
[7] F Volandri (ITA) vs [WC] M Ryderstedt (SWE)
[5] M Kukushkin (KAZ) vs D Gimeno-Traver (ESP)
F Delbonis (ARG) / A Ramos (ESP) vs [4] J Brunstrom (SWE) / D Norman (BEL)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
M Berrer (GER) vs [Q] A Giannessi (ITA)
R Bautista-Agut (ESP) vs [Q] I Minar (CZE)
[Q] E Korolev (KAZ) vs [Q] T Alves (BRA)
[3] P Hanley (AUS) / J Knowle (AUT) vs O Charroin (FRA) / D Molchanov (UKR)

COURT 2 start 12:00 noon
F Gil (POR) vs M Ilhan (TUR)
J Souza (BRA) / H Zeballos (ARG) vs S Bolelli (ITA) / A Giannessi (ITA) – After Suitable Rest


CENTER COURT start 12:00 noon
T Bellucci (BRA) vs [WC] R Kern (GER)
B Paire (FRA) vs P Petzschner (GER)
Not Before 4:25 PM
[8] [WC] T Haas (GER) vs [Q] I Andreev (RUS)
C Stebe (GER) vs [7] L Kubot (POL)
Not Before 7:30 PM
[1] D Brown (GER) / C Kas (GER) vs [WC] R Kern (GER) / J Struff (GER)

ENBW COURT start 11:00 am
B Phau (GER) vs [Q] M Fischer (AUT)
S Stakhovsky (UKR) vs [Q] P Cervenak (SVK)
Not Before 6:00 PM
P Andujar (ESP) / G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs I Andreev (RUS) / N Davydenko (RUS) – After Suitable Rest

GRAND STAND start 11:00 am
F Cipolla (ITA) vs T Kamke (GER)
L Rosol (CZE) vs [5] R Haase (NED)
[Q] J Reister (GER) vs J Chardy (FRA)
Not Before 4:00 PM
F Cipolla (ITA) / R Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP) vs T Kamke (GER) / P Marx (GER)


CENTRE COURT start 5:30 pm
B Kavcic (SLO) vs A Veic (CRO)
Not Before 8:00 PM
[5] C Berlocq (ARG) vs I Dodig (CRO)
M Cilic (CRO) / L Zovko (CRO) vs [2] D Bracciali (ITA) / F Fognini (ITA)

GRANDSTAND start 5:00 pm
K Beck (SVK) vs F Fognini (ITA)
[WC] M Pavic (CRO) vs [6] J Ferrero (ESP)
E Gulbis (LAT) vs [Q] G Fraile (ESP)

COURT1 start 4:30 pm
P Starace (ITA) vs [Q] I Klec (SVK)
D Brands (GER) vs [Q] W Trusendi (ITA)
P Lorenzi (ITA) / P Starace (ITA) vs [3] D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP)

COURT2 start 4:30 pm
[8] E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs W Odesnik (USA)

COURT4 start 4:30 pm
[Q] M Trungelliti (ARG) vs P Lorenzi (ITA)
[4] F Moser (GER) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs A Menendez-Maceiras (ESP) / D Munoz-De La Nava (ESP) – After Suitable Rest


ATP Umag – Monday Schedule

ATP World Tour 250
Umag, Croatia (+2 hours GMT)
9-15 July, 2012 Surface: Clay

CENTRE COURT start 5:30 pm
D Munoz-De La Nava (ESP) vs [WC] A Kuznetsov (RUS)
Not Before 8:00 PM
[WC] A Bedene (SLO) vs [7] M Klizan (SVK)
B Kavcic (SLO) / J Pospisil (CZE) vs [WC] F Skugor (CRO) / A Veic (CRO)

GRANDSTAND start 5:00 pm
Qualifying – D Lajovic (SRB) vs G Fraile (ESP)
J Sousa (POR) vs M Bachinger (GER)

COURT1 start 5:00 pm
Qualifying – M Viola (ITA) vs I Klec (SVK)

COURT2 start 5:00 pm
Qualifying – W Trusendi (ITA) vs B Trinker (AUT)

COURT4 start 5:00 pm
Qualifying – A Menendez-Maceiras (ESP) vs M Trungelliti (ARG)