Cilic beats Raonic to win Istanbul title
Marin Cilic beat Milos Raonic 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 after two hours and one minute to claim his 17th title at the ATP 250 title at the Garanti Koza Arena in Istanbul and his first on clay since winning in Umag in 2012.
Cilic was solid on serve and saved all seven break points he faced during the match and won 82 percent of his first serve points. Raonic fended off four of the five break points he faced but Cilic got his only crucial break of the match to clinch the title in straight sets.
The first set went on serve until the tie-break. Raonic saved one break point in the third game. Cilic faced three break points in the next game but saved them. The tie-break started with five mini-breaks (three for Cilic and two for Raonic). Cilic got his fourth mini-break to win the mini-break 7-3.
Raonic saved three break at the start of the second set but Cilic earned the only break of the match to 15 in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead, as Raonic made two double faults. Raonic brought up four break points in the fifth game but he did not manage to convert them. Cilic saved them and held his serve in the 7th and 9th games in the next three service games to wrap up the second set by 6-3 with ace on his second championship point. Cilic has not dropped a set en route to the title. Cilic beat Raonic for the first time since 2011 in Valencia.
Cilic has won at least one ATP title each year since 2007. It was his first title since winning in Basel last October. Cilic won his 400th milestone match last Friday.
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