Marcos Baghdatis upset home favourite and defending champion Ivan Ljubicic to win the Zagreb Open title on Sunday.
Baghdatis (right) now has a 2-0 career record against Ljubicic
Second seed Baghdatis prevailed 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 6-4 after a hard-fought two-and-a-half-hour battle.
The Cypriot saved three set points in the opening set and went on to take it on a tie-break.
One break in the second set was enough for top seed Ljubicic to level the match but Baghdatis then pounced at 5-4 in the final set to take the title.
"I played well all week and my confidence is on the rise," said Baghdatis.
"Ljubicic is a tough player to break, but I was concentrated and served well when I needed to.
"It's not easy to beat Ljubicic in front of his home crowd in Croatia."
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Ljubicic, who won the Qatar Open last month but crashed out in the first round of the Australian Open, was left to regret letting the first set slip away.
"I missed some good chances against him, but he is a very strong player and it is not easy to turn the match around against someone of that quality," said the Croat.
"I should have played better in the first set. Baghdatis surprised me in the opening. He played defensively."