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MARIN CILIC CHARGES TO SECOND TITLE IN THREE WEEKS

February 23rd, 2014

Delray Beach/USA – 23rd February, 2014:

HEAD Racquet Rebel Marin Cilic won his second title in three weeks as he defeated Kevin Anderson 7-6(6), 6-7(7), 6-4 to take his 11th ATP trophy at Delray Beach. The Florida victory for the Croatian, who recommends the HEAD Graphene Instinct, came after he also won this month at home in Zagreb and played the Rotterdam final a week ago against fellow HEAD player Tomas Berdych.

"It feels awesome, especially after waiting for a long time last night (semi-finals) and finishing after 1 a.m.," said the winner. "Then, today to come back and win it, I'm really happy with this victory. It wasn't easy for my nerves, for my coach Goran's (Ivanisevic) nerves especially."

Cilic heads into the March Masters 1000 double in the US next month after winning his 18th match of the season. He now stands ahead of compatriot Ivan Ljubicic on second behind the 22 Croatian titles of Ivanisevic. The final lasted just over three hours over former tournament winner Anderson. But Cilic did admit that his run of brilliant tennis had taken its toll: "These three weeks have been very long for me, I'm going to enjoy it for a while and have a little rest."

In Marseille, Racquet Rebel Richard Gasquet, who endorses the HEAD IG Extreme, played his second French semi-final of the month, losing to Ernest Gulbis 3-6, 2-6 but staying ninth in the rankings.

HEAD also figured in the women's WTA event in Brazil as Italian Nastassja Burnett, who recommends the HEAD IG Extreme, reached the first semi-final of her career, going down in a 4-6, 6-3, 2-6 battle in South America to Kurumi Nara of Japan. Burnett, a 21-year-old ranked 160th, fought for more than two and a half hours on the clay.


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