Cilic hailed champion in Stuttgart win
Marin Cilic went on to bring home his 19th title in the ATP Tour which is his first in three years. He won big over Felix Auger-Aliassime in two sets to close out the Stuttgart final. Cilic was hot all the way and did not let Felix come that close to earn a set win.
The Croatian star did not drop a set for the whole week. He nailed seven aces to earn this win in the final and it lasted for about one hour and 50 minutes. It was a huge win for Cilic and he is keen to put his pace into the next set of ATP Tour action.
Cilic was on fire for the whole run. He kept with his strong plays and took down Felix in style. The Canada hitter came close in the first set but Cilic was just on point with his aces as he beat him there by one big shot.
‘It was a very big win. I played two semis and did not win a title since 2018, also on grass at Queen’s. A win here brings out joy for me, a good start and a good feeling’, Cilic said. ‘I felt like I was playing good in these last few weeks. It is a joy to win my first title with my family here for the first time’.
One can say that his strong run on the grass played a huge role in the win. The court plays quicker than most, and so Cilic felt this was a good chance for him to give it his all and keep his grit even though some games were up and down.
At the age of 32, Cilic is now the third-oldest champ in the Open Era since April 1968. He is next to Roger Federer (aged 36 in 2018) and Barry Phillips-Moore (aged 33 in 1971). The world no. 47 is the first Stuttgart winner to win at a low rank since Juan Carlos Ferrero in 2011 at no. 85.
This sets the tone for Cilic’s next set of games. He is set for the Queen’s Club in London for the cinch games, which he has won twice in 2012 and 2018.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores