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Cilic thumps Melzer for third Zagreb title

Zagreb, Croatia (Sports Network) - Marin Cilic captured the Zagreb Indoors title for a third time after easing past Austria's Jurgen Melzer in Sunday's final.

The top-seeded native of Croatia needed just 67 minutes to dispose of Melzer in a 6-3, 6-1 romp for his ninth career ATP title. He won three times last year and improved to 9-7 all-time in finals.

Cilic also won this tournament in 2009 and 2010.

It was virtually no contest from the start, as Cilic broke serve once in the first set and three times in the second. He blasted eight aces and won all but eight of the 41 points on his serve.

"Most of my game was working extremely well," said Cilic. "My returns were really good and I had a read on almost all of his serves. I took my chances and defended well. Overall, I played a great match from beginning to the end."

Melzer failed to earn a break-point opportunity and won only 38 of the 100 total points played. He fell to 4-8 lifetime in finals.

"He was the better player today," said Melzer. "I felt like I was hitting the ball really well at the beginning, but he hit the ball even better."

Cilic, who earned a first prize of $100,000, improved to 7-2 all-time against Melzer.

02/10 15:13:05 ET