Croatian wins final in two sets against Canadian challenger Felix Auger-Aliassime.
The winner of this year’s edition of the MercedesCup is Marin Cilic. For the Croatian (ATP no. 47), it was his 19th title on the ATP tour and his third on grass after winning at London’s Queen’s Club in 2012 and 2018. Auger-Aliassime (ATP 21) on the other hand, lost his eighth final on the tour and is still waiting on his maiden title. Cilic converted his first match point after 1:49 hours to win the match 7-6 (2), 6-3.
Against all odds, the match between the two very good servers was determined by lots of breakpoints in the first set. When Cilic was finally able to break his opponent’s serve with the ninth to make it 6-5 everything was ready for the set-win. But Auger-Aliassime didn’t back down and got the re-break with his fifth break point to even the game and force a tiebreak. From there, it was all Cilic however. Cilic quickly won the decider 7-2 and then broke Auger-Aliassime for a 5-3 lead. The Croatian went on to serve out the match without any problems.
Cilic won the title in front of the eyes of his wife and kid, which was “very special for me. It’s the first time they came to a tournament at all.”
Auger-Aliassime took the loss in stride, also concerning his finals record of 0-8: “There were finals when I didn’t play my best tennis. But that was not the case today. Today, I simply lost against the better player.
Besides the prize money, Cilic also received the winner’s car – a Mercedes-Benz EQS. Cilic is already looking forward to driving his new car: “I am a fan of electric cars and I will take the Mercedes back home. We will have lots of fun with it.”
In the doubles finals, Marcelo Demoliner (BRA)/Santiago Gonzalez (MEX) won against Ariel Behar (URU)/Gonzalo Escobar (ECU) 4-6, 6-3, 10-8.