UMAG, Croatia (AP)—Aleksandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine captured his first ATP title by defeating home favorite Marin Cilic 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in the Croatia Open final on Sunday.
Dolgopolov broke Cilic in the opening game of the match and easily held serve throughout the set. The Ukrainian failed to convert two set points on Cilic’s serve at 5-3 before serving it out.
Cilic broke Dolgopolov decisively to lead 5-3 in the second set.
Dolgopolov raced to a 3-0 in the decider but wasted two break points for 4-0, allowing Cilic to rally and level at 3-3. The Ukrainian broke again for a 5-3 lead, and sealed victory with a crosscourt backhand.