One more title for the account, the N ° 20 of his career. Marin Cilic (35th) beat Taylor Fritz (28th) in the final of the ATP 500 in Saint Petersburg by 7-6 (3), 4-6 and 6-4 and became champion. As in 2011, 10 years later he was crowned in the Russian competition and lifted the second trophy so far this season.
A vibrant match, which at first seemed that he had under control and which finally cost him more than expected. Even in the first set he was 5-3 and with a set point in favor, and still had to fight until tie-breaker to take the head start.
Thus, the Croatian was consolidated with 20 titles such as sixth active tennis player with the most crowns obtained. Sure, the list is topped by the Big 3: Roger Federer (103), Rafael Nadal (88), Novak Djokovic (85). Then, they are followed by Andy Murray (46), and just two consecrations, Juan Martín del Potro (22).
On hard court he accumulates 15 trophies, while on indoor Saint Petersburg marked his ninth consecration. Both statistics are led by Federer, with 71 and 26, respectively.
While, 10 years ago he had won the final against Serbian Janko Tipsarevic in three sets 6-3, 3-6 and 6-2, which at that time was the sixth title of his career.
It should be remembered that Cilic, at 33 years old, he had just lost the final at the ATP 250 in Moscow in front of Aslan Karatsev. He immediately agreed to his second consecutive final and had a rematch in Russia: this title was added to that obtained in Stuttgart earlier this year.
The closing of the season is imminent and two ATP tournaments added another edition: in Russia, with Cilic at the top of St. Petersburg, and in Austria, with Alexander Zverev as the brand-new ATP 500 champion from Vienna.