Dream final: top seed against three-time winner
It will be a dream final at the PBZ Zagreb Indoors on Sunday: top-seeded German Tommy Haas (pictured) will meet defending champion and three-time winner Marin Cilic. On Saturday, Haas came back from one set behind against lucky loser Daniel Evans from Great Britain, winning 5:7, 6:4, 6:3, and Cilic won fourth straight match in straight sets, defeating German qualifyier Bjorn Phau by 6:3, 6:4.
"There is a lot of new players coming out, Daniel is one of them. I like his game a lot, what I saw i what I liked. He has good game and can be dangerous."
German, with 35 years being the oldest player in Top 20, saved break point at 2:2 in the second set and completely took control, losing only eight points in nest seven service games. This will be his 28th singles final and he will try to win 16th career title.
"I am happy to play in the final and I am excited to play against player who is big star in his country. He is a three-time champion, many things say in his favour, but I'll try whatever I can to make his run stop", Haas said.
Impressive run of Bjorn Phau came to an end when Marin Cilic defeated German by 63 64 in the semifinals.
Phau had three wins in qualifying and then won another three matches in the main draw but was unable to handle with Cilic who won 19 out of last 20 singles matches here and holds tournament-best record 21-4. Cilic is now one win away of lifting the 10th career ATP title.
"I did not serve well, especially on big moments. I lost rhytm in the second set, but apart from that I felt he was not able to do any damage to me", Cilic said.
Cilic won four consecutive games, moving from 3:3 to 6:3, 1:0, but had problems serving, losing serve twice in the second set, at 1:0 and 4:1. Phau saved five match points at 3:5, but had no chance to recover when Cilic served for the match.
It will be 8th time in tournament nine-years history that singles final features Croatian player.