ATP World Tennis: Tomas Berdych beats Marin Cilic in Rotterdam final
Last Updated: 16/02/14 8:54pm
Tomas Berdych ended his title drought with a straight sets win over Marin Cilic to lift the ATP World Tennis tournament in Rotterdam.
The Czech third seed triumphed 6-4 6-2 to claim his first ATP title in 16 months - the last coming in Stockholm in October 2012.
The unseeded Cilic came into the clash in top form, having posted nine straight wins as he won the Zagreb title a week ago.
But the Croatian had no answer to the world No 7, who finally claimed the silverware after being the only player in the top ten to not claim a title last year, going down in the finals in Marseille, Dubai and Bangkok.
"It feels absolutely amazing. It's been a while, actually 16 months since I won a title," Berdych told the ATP's official website.
"To win a title in Rotterdam it's a nice bonus. I'm extremely happy with the way I handled it throughout the week. I've been serving pretty well, which has been the strong part of my game."
Cilic added: "It was a tough one today. What made the difference in the end was that Tomas served really well.
"Overall I think the tournament was great. I played great tennis and enjoyed it here. I had a great run of nine wins and I hope to make that run soon again."