Cilic: A proud moment for me
Cilic: A proud moment for me "Proud, I am very proud! Marin Cilic has every reason to feel that way. By Bhagya L Ayyavoo The 21-year-old Croat who was crowned champion at the Aircel Chennai Open said he was at his mental best as he edged past third-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka. This was his only win over the Swiss No.2 in five attempts. With that effort, the world No.14 joined Carlos Moya as the only other player to have won back-to-back titles in Chennai. For Cilic, who is looking to improve his Grand Slam record past the quarterfinals, the timing of his second straight title in Chennai and fourth overall couldn't have been better, "This is the first time I have won back to back titles. May be I will come back and try for the hat-trick." So, has he replaced veteran Spaniard Carlos Moya as the King of Chennai? "No, definitely not. Carlos has played some 10 times. I have to go a long way to get there," added Cilic. The second seed admitted it wasn't any easy against third-seeded Wawrinka in the final that lasted two hours and 41 minutes, "It was really tough week of play. It was the longest final I have played. This is by far the best because the conditions were very humid. It wasn't easy, let me tell you. You always get those situations when you lose your serve and try to get even. So mentally it was very very tough." At the other end Wawrinka, who had a set point at 5-3 in the first set, admitted he was less aggressive in the tie-breakers and that cost him the match, "There was a weak link in my game. I should have been more aggressive in the tie-breaker. I should have pushed him more and taken the chances. But he deserved to win today." Cilic was pleased with his first serves that finally landed, "As the match went on, it became more physical and he was not able to hit as good as he did in the beginning. That gave me more opportunities in the rallies. My serve was also good for me today. I got some good first serves in the second set and especially in the tie-break. That gave a big advantage."