Cilic defeats Anderson in three-plus hour Delray Beach final

by: AP February 23, 2014

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DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- Croatia's Marin Cilic won the Delray Beach Open on Sunday for his 11th ATP World Tour title and second in three weeks, beating Kevin Anderson 7-6 (6), 6-7 (7), 6-4 in 3 hours, 8 minutes.

Cilic leads the tour with 18 match wins this season. He improved to 3-1 against Anderson, the 2012 winner.

"These three weeks have been very long for me," said Cilic, the winner in Zagreb and runner-up last week in Rotterdam. "I'm going to enjoy it for a while and have a little rest."

The match was the first final in tournament history with two sets decided in tiebreakers.

Anderson had 12 double faults.

"I just didn't put down the clamps to give myself some more chances," Anderson said. "I was a bit too patchy today, but I'm happy making the finals."

Top-ranked Bob and Mike Bryan won the doubles final, beating Frantisek Cermak and Mikhail Elgin 6-2, 6-3 for their third Delray Beach title. With Jack Nicklaus watching, the Bryans won their 94th ATP Tour title.

"We never thought we'd get this high," Mike Bryan said.

"We're very happy to kick-start the year here in Delray," Bob Bryan said of about their first title of the season. "We're starting to hit our stride."

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