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St. Petersburg, Russia (Sports Network) - Croat Marin Cilic denied Serb Janko Tipsarevic a third title this month, earning a three-set victory in Sunday's final at the St. Petersburg Open.
The second-seeded Tipsarevic had won in Kuala Lumpur early this month, then was the big winner at the Kremlin Cup last week in Moscow.
But on Sunday, the fourth-seeded Cilic stormed through the third set to earn a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 victory. Cilic controlled Tipsarevic's serve in the final set, forcing the Serb into seven break points and converting two.
"I gave everything I had in the second set and beginning of the third set," Tipsarevic said. "I didn't manage to make a break and after that, I went completely down."
Cilic also saved both break points he faced in the third set, and 4-of-5 overall, to finally break through for a title this year.
He was 0-3 in finals this season, and had dropped his last four title matches overall. Cilic hadn't won a final since February 2010, when he beat Michael Berrer for the title in Zagreb. He holds a 6-6 career mark in finals.
"I managed to push myself into a higher gear in the last set," Cilic said. "I was close in my other finals [this year] and I think I learned a little bit from them. Today, that pushed me and in the third set; I played my best tennis of the season."
Tipsarevic fell to 2-5 in finals for his career, and 1-6 against Cilic, who earned $114,750 for the victory.
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