Tennis

Cilic overpowers Wawrinka

2010-01-10 16:58
Marin Cilic on his way to victory. (AP)

Chennai - Croatian Marin Cilic clinched a second straight Chennai Open crown on Sunday with a 7-6 7-6 victory over Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka.

Second seed Cilic battled for two hours and 40 minutes to overcome the Swiss in a thrilling final to record his first win over the world number 21 in five meetings.

Third seed Wawrinka, Beijing Olympics doubles gold medallist with Roger Federer, broke the big-serving Cilic in the eighth game of the first set to open up a 5-3 lead.

The 21-year-old Cilic broke back immediately with a series of powerful forehand winners and then levelled at five-all, thrilling a packed stadium crowd primarily cheering for the defending champion.

Cilic won the first set tiebreak 7-2.

Wawrinka saved two break points in the eighth game in the second set before Cilic again won a tiebreak to take the title.

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