Tennis - Cilic battles through to Zagreb final

Top seed Marin Cilic had to battle hard to secure his place in the final of ATP Zagreb with a 4-6 6-4 6-3 win over Mikhail Youzhny.

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Marin Cilic of Croatia (Reuters)

The world number 12 had to recover from a set down to beat the Russian in two hours and 28 minutes in what was a gruelling semi-final to seal his progression through to the tournament showpiece.

Cilic will next take on fourth seed Jurgen Melzer of Austria, after the world number 29 beat Robin Haase 7-6(2) 6-3 on the indoor surface.

ATP Zagreb results

1-Marin Cilic (Croatia) beat 3-Mikhail Youzhny (Russia) 4-6 6-4 6-3

4-Jurgen Melzer (Austria) beat Robin Haase (Netherlands) 7-6(2) 6-3

ATP Montpellier results

3-Richard Gasquet (France) beat Jarkko Nieminen (Finland) 6-3 3-6 6-2

8-Benoit Paire (France) beat Michael Llodra (France) 4-6 6-3 6-1

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