ATP Delray Beach Open: Marin Cilic reaches third straight tour final, will play Kevin Anderson
Last Updated: 23/02/14 8:04am
Marin Cilic: Has reached three straight finals on ATP Tour
Marin Cilic and Kevin Anderson will contest the final of the Delray Beach International Tennis Championship after each came through their semis on Saturday.
No 4 seed Anderson moved within one victory of clinching the title for a second time by seeing off qualifier Steve Johnson 6-2 6-4, while Cilic was a 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 winner against John Isner.
South Africa's Anderson sent down 13 aces and converted three of the eight break points that came his way as he saw off Johnson in just 76 minutes.
"I think from the first game, getting that break was really key for me," he told the ATP Tour's official website.
"I was really happy with the first four games; I was really capitalising on his second serves. That set the tone for the match. I was really happy with the way I executed my serve.
"I've always enjoyed playing here. The surface is one I enjoy playing on. I've played some good matches this year. I'm excited for the final."
Seventh-seeded Croatian Cilic, who is through to his third ATP Tour final in a row, only managed break his opponent's serve on one occasion but that proved enough as he overcame home favourite Isner on his sixth match point.
"It's been the best three weeks I've played in my life," said Cilic, who arrived in Florida having collected his 10th career title in Zagreb and then reached the final in Rotterdam.
"It shows that I can keep my consistency. It's better when you're winning in two sets, but (Saturday) wasn't easy. With John you always have to be careful of his big serve. It's a matter of a couple points here and there that can change the match."