ATP Zagreb Sunday results
PBZ ZAGREB INDOORS
€353,450 ATP International Series Tournament
January 29-February 4, 2007
Carpet (Taraflex) / Indoor
RESULTS – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2007
M Baghdatis (CYP) d I Ljubicic (CRO) 76(4) 46 64
M Kohlmann (GER) & A Waske (GER) d  F Cermak (CZE) & J Levinsky (CZE) 76(5) 46 10-5
Marcos Baghdatis waited till match point to claim his only break of serve against defending champion Ivan Ljubicic to win the PBZ Zagreb Indoors final with a 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-4 victory in 2 hrs., 30 mins.
Baghdatis had failed to convert five earlier break point opportunities against the Croatian, who fired 11 aces and won 80 per cent of points on his first serve.
Baghdatis improved to 3-0 lifetime against Ljubicic, whom he defeated on hard court at the Australian Open in 2005 and 2006.
Baghdatis was broken just once himself in the final and once in the semifinals during his 6-4, 6-3 win over Austrian Alexander Peya.
The Cypriot, who out-aced Ljubicic with 16, secured his second career ATP title, following his victory on hard court in Beijing last year.
He was playing his fourth career final and improved to 2-2 in title matches.
Baghdatis dropped outside the Top 20 in the ATP Rankings last Monday for the first time since reaching the Australian Open final in 2006. His Zagreb victory will likely see him return to the Top 20 on Monday.
He is now 10-3 on the season, including quarterfinal runs in Doha and Sydney.
Ljubicic, who had survived three consecutive three-set matches to reach the final, slipped to 7-10 in career finals. He began the season by winning the Doha title (d. Murray).
The Croatian served 90 aces for the match and jumped to first from fourth in the list of most aces served this season in the RICOH ATP MatchFacts with 177.
WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID
Baghdatis: "It was great to come back after the disappointment of Australia and win a tournament. I am very, very happy.
"I won the crucial points. I played a great tie-break and a great game at 5-4 in the third. Ivan was a bit tight and didn't serve so good in that game.
"I'll just try to keep the same mentality. Stay happy and keep working hard and everything should go well. I just have to play my game and enjoy it."
Ljubicic: "It was my fourth long match in a row and I was a little tired in the end. I had my chances in the fourth set and it's always difficult to come from a set down against such a player.
"I am satisfied. I struggled all week long, so to reach the final without playing great tennis is nice. I had a lot of pressure on my shoulders. But I am a little sad because I think I had chances today.
"He kept the pressure on my serve. In the last game he was too good. One fantastic drop shot, then the lob to go to match point, then a fantastic passing shot to finish the match. I didn't think I did anything wrong.
About his Davis Cup preparation: "I have 11 hours of tennis so I am pretty satisfied physically with how I feel. Now I just need to rest and try to recover and get ready for the tie."
German duo Michael Kohlmann and Alexander Waske defeated Czech team Frantisek Cermak and Jaroslav Levinsky 7-6(5), 4-6, 10-5 (Match TB) at the PBZ Zagreb Indoors to claim their second title as a team. Kohlmann won his fifth ATP doubles title and Waske his third.
Kohlmann and Waske are set to play Davis Cup next week but after that they will go their own way, with Kohlmann committed to Leos Friedl and Waske paired with Andrei Pavel.
Kohlmann and Waske were playing their first event together this year. They had a record of 18-8 last year, winning the title in Houston in April (d. Knowle-Melzer).
WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID
Kohlmann: "We had three tough matches in first three rounds and we expected a tough final too. We lost to them in the second round of New Haven and we wanted to avenge that loss. It's a great preparation for Davis Cup (against Croatia). We won four close matches and did well in the close moments."
Waske: "We had a tough draw. We played four very good teams. We made it to the final without losing a set on a fast surface. I think us serving well was the key.
"It's not decided who will play the doubles at Davis Cup - Tommy Haas is in the team. But it makes it easier for the team captain to pick the both of us and it gives us confidence to play."