Umag, Croatia – Second-seeded Croatian favorite Marin Cilic defeated fourth-seeded Spaniard Marcel Granollers, 6-4, 6-2, to win the Croatia Open on Sunday.
Cilic cruised through the draw without losing a set. His closest call came in a 7-5, 6-2 victory over third-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov in the semi-finals on Saturday, which avenged a loss to the Ukranian in last year's final.
The 23-year-old Cilic has now won two finals in as many months. He was the runner-up at Munich, but captured his first career title on grass at the Queen's Club last month.
Granollers, appearing in his first final of the season, defeated top-seeded countryman Fernando Verdasco 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1 Saturday to reach the finals.
"Marcel is a really dangerous player, so it was not easy in the beginning," said Cilic. "He was playing really well and not giving me too much. After I found some solutions, I kept with him and played great tennis. It was maybe my best match of the week."
Cilic owns a 5-1 lifetime record against the 26-year-old Granollers.