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Sunday, February 10, 2013 1:36 pm

Cilic wins Zagreb Indoors, beats Melzer 6-3, 6-1

The Associated Press

Top-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia defeated Jurgen Melzer of Austria 6-3, 6-1 Sunday to win the Zagreb Indoors for the third time.

Cilic, who also won the tournament in 2009 and 2010, captured his ninth career title and improved his record to 17-4 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 12 break points. He broke early for a 2-0 lead and again to lead 5-3 in the first set. Melzer won just one more game by the end of the match.

"He deserved the victory," said Melzer, whose record against Cilic dropped to 2-7. "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."