Marin Cilic will take on Marcel Granollers today in the final of this year’s ATP Vegeta Croatia Open Umag
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Marin Cilic seems to love playing in front of a home crowd, and his performances this week at the ATP Vegeta Croatia Open Umag have provided further evidence of this. The world No. 15 won successive titles in 2009 and 2010 at the PBZ Zagreb Indoors, and is now just one win away from a third title in Croatia here in Umag.
The second seed should be full of confidence following a 7-5, 6-2 triumph over Alexandr Dolgopolov in Saturday’s semi-finals. The Ukrainian denied Cilic in last year’s final, which may have made victory taste even sweeter.
Cilic will face Marcel Granollers on the other side of the net today. The fourth seed is a big threat on clay, and should be capable of giving Cilic a hard time. Following a 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-1 win against top seed Fernando Verdasco, Granollers is arguably the favourite here.
This promises to be an intriguing final, which may hinge on clay court nous or home advantage. Either way, it seems likely that we’re in for a nail-biter.