Cilic to face Melzer in Zagreb final
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP)—Top-seeded Marin Cilic will face Jurgen Melzer in the Zagreb Indoors final on Sunday.
Cilic rallied past defending champion Mikhail Youzhny 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 Saturday, while Melzer defeated Robin Haase 7-6 (2), 6-3.
Cilic was given two time-violation penalties before advancing to his 16th career final. He was penalized for the first time in the opening set and again in the third, when Youzhny took a 3-2 lead but failed to win another game.
Youzhny received treatment to his left leg at the beginning of the first set, but downplayed the problem.
``I would not even call it injury. It happened during the match, it was kind of tightness,'' he said. ``Marin played very well.''
Cilic, who owns a 6-2 record against Melzer, is aiming for his ninth career title.
Melzer won 33 of 36 points on his first serve to advance to his 12th career final.