Zagreb, Croatia (Sports Network) - Croat Ivan Dodig delighted the home crowd, beating eighth-seeded German Michael Berrer 6-3, 6-4 in Sunday's final at the $610,000 Zagreb indoors tennis event.
The 84th-ranked Dodig took out four seeded players en route to capturing his first singles title. He had never reached a semifinal of an ATP event prior to this week.
"This is the best thing that can happen to a player -- to play at home in front of your own crowd and win your first title," Dodig said. "I didn't have any pressure, I just tried to concentrate on my tennis and play point by point until the last point."
The outcome was all too familiar for Berrer, who lost to Marin Cilic in last year's Zagreb finale.
Sunday's match marked the sixth straight year a Croat reached the final here.
02/06 14:37:18 ET