Tournament history


In the shortest final match in the history of ATP tournament in Umag, Austrian Dominic Thiem overcame Portugeese Joao Sousa winning 6:4, 6:1 and thus became the wiiner of 26th Konzum Croatia Open. The match lasted an hour and a minute, one minute shorter than the final match in 2013, when Tommy Robredo won Fabio Fognini in 62 minutes.


The jubilee 25th edition of Croatia Open has been marked by a plethora of turning points, surprises and uncertain matches. The most memorable was, of course, the tournament winner Pablo Cuevas from Uruguay, who started off as a qualifier and fought his way all the way to the final where he defeated the title defender Tommy Robredo. That is his second tournament title in a row and 13th victory in a row, which he never managed to achieve in his long career. It is important to mention that Cuevas is only the second qualifier in the history of the tournament who managed to make it to the final and win.

The local fans were surely thrilled by the excellent matches played by the young Borna Ćorić, who proved to be a very tough opponent for Fabio Fognini in the quarterfinals, thus showing his vast talent and mental fortitude rarely seen in young players. Marin Čilić has played several impressive matches, thus showing that he is well on the way back to the world's Top 10. He reached the semifinal and confronted Tommy Robredo in a match that was labeled a "final before the final".


Spain's Tommy Robredo, Italy's Fabio Fognini and France's Gael Mofils marked the 24th edition of the tournament. Fognini arrived in Umag in top form, after winning his first ever two tournaments. On his way to the finals he even beat Monfils in an extremely exciting and interesting match. Nonetheless, his winning streak of 13 straight matches was snapped rather convincingly by Robredo, who defeated him in straight sets 6:0, 6:3 after a nearly perfect final match at the packed Umag Stadium.

Following a last-minute cancellation by the Croatian title defender Marin Čilić, the country's tennis was represented by Antonio Veić and Joško Topić as well as juniors Mate Pavić and Borna Ćorić, the latter putting up quite a fight to Monfils in the first round.


The 2012 edition of the tournament was also marked by the change of the title sponsor. Studena relinquished its position to Vegeta /23rd ATP Vegeta Croatia Open Umag/. And after over 20 years of waiting, along with the change of name, Umag once again has a Croatian winner.

After Goran Prpić, who won the first year this tournament was held, it was not until this year that the best Croatian tennis player Marin Čilić managed to do the same. 
At the crowded stadium in Stella Maris, he won a really great match against Marcel Granollers, scoring 6:4, 6:2, putting an end to a wonderful week of tennis, as well as of all other Umag magic.


The final match of the Umag tournament 2011 could not have brought a more interesting and for the organizer more ideal match. On one side, there was our Marin Čilić, while on the other side of the net, a World tennis upcoming star Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov. After a great tennis match in front of a full stadium in Umag, the Ukrainian tennis player won his first title in three sets 6:4 3:6 6:3.

A particularly interesting turn of events was certainly the participation of Marin Čilić (paired with Lovro Zovko) in the double finals (losing to a combination Bolelli / Fognini). For the first time, the audience in Umag in 2011, was able to enjoy watching our player in both finals.


After losing to Nikolay Davidenko in the 2009 finals, Juan Carlos Ferrero succeeded in winning the tournament in Umag in his fourth attempt. In the finals Ferrero beat the Italian tennis player Potito Starace 6:4, 6:4.

Four Croatian players entered the tournament: three of them with an invitation from the tournament organizer ( Antonio Veić, Ivan Dodig and Franko Škugor), and Ivan Ljubičić that entered the tournament directly. Ivan Ljubičić made it to the eight finals to be eliminated by the finalist Potito Starace with 6:4, 7:6.


For the second year in a row, the 1st seed won the tournament. After Fernando Verdasco in 2008th, this year Nikolay Davydenko succeeded in that. Considering the number of the games this was the shortest finals in the tournament's history (excluding Djokovic's submission match to Wawrinka in the finals 2006.) - Davydenko beat Spanish player Juan Carlos Ferrero with 6-3, 6-0.

Davydenko didn't lost even one set through the whole tournament, and how dominant he was semi-finals won describes - he won against Melzer with a convincing 6-1, 6-1. From our players in the main tournament played Ivan Ljubicic (in the quarterfinals he was beaten by Melzer) and Ivan Dodig (got an invitation), but in first round he lost easily against Uruguayan Cuevas.


In one of the longest and the most exciting finals in tournament's history, first seed Verdasco won in the tie-break third set against Russian Andreev. Croatians only participated: Karlovic, Belic and Veic lost in the first performance (Veic lost against Frenchman Montcourt who recently passed away), Ljubicic gave match to Karanusic in the second round, Karanusic then lost against Gonzales.


Fifth victory for Carlos Moya. In the finals he won Romanian Pavel. The first seed player Novak Djokovic in the 1st round was defeated by compatriot Troicki. Aa well 2nd seed player Davidenko lost (by then still relatively unknown Frenchman Simon), and the same happened to 3rd seed player Croatian Ljubicic. Formula 1 owner Bernie Ecclestone and his wife Slavica supported the players.


"Studena" became the title sponsor of the Umag tournament which is now named "Studena Croatia Open Umag". The only final match in Umag that is not completed: because of exhaustion Djokovic at 6:6 in the first set gave a duel to Swiss Wawrinka, who with a lot of trouble in the second round beat Cilic. Invitation to the tournament, director Rasbereger that year presented to a future star Argentinean Del Porto.


Wild card, beside great Brazilian Gustavo Kuerten, was given to Croatians Sasa Tuksar and 17-year old Marin Cilic. They lost in the first round, as opposed to Novak Djokovic who, for the first time in Umag, passed the first obstacle to him. In the second round he was stopped by Juan Carlos Ferrero.


Carlos Moya became an honorary citizen of the town of Umag and award of Croatian President Stjepan Mesic - 'Order of Danica with the figure of Franjo Bucar', for a ten-year appearance in the tournament. Novak Djokovic passed the qualification, but in the first round was eliminated by Volandri.


Fourth victory for Carlos Moya. In the finals in three sets he surpassed the Italian player Volandri. Proceeded by wonderful tennis in the semi-finals: Moya - Nadal. There were six Croatian players in the main draw: the 1st round Krajan, Karanusic and Zovko lost, in the second round the other three - Karlovic, Tuksar and Radic.


Third victory for Carlos Moya. In the finals he was better than compatriot Ferrer. It is interesting that Ferrer entered the tournament through qualification, and immediately in the first round eliminated the first seed player Nalbandian. Croatian Zeljko Krajan reached the semi-finals after the quarter-finals where he unexpectedly defeated Ivan Ljubicic.


Second victory for Carlos Moya in Umag. In the finals he defeated the French player Golmardo. In the semi-finals he won Argentinean David Nalbandian. At the final match three Presidents attended, Slovenian, Kazakhstani and Croatian.


Great Chilean Marcello Rios was the winner of the 11th Croatia Open. In the final match he won top seed Argentinean Puerta in three sets. In the main draw there were as many as 11 Spanish players. Ivan Ljubicic drop again in the second round - with 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 Puerta, later on finalist, defeated him.


Thomas Muster became an honorary citizen of the town of Umag. World record in champagne glasses stacking. Last year Magnus Norman stuck in the finals, but this year he went to the end. On the way to the title victory, Swede won Canas, Moya and Ljubičić. Quite a surprise was the entry of the American Jeff Tarang to the finals.


President Tudjman last time in the finals. That year the awards were handed by representatives of the Croatian football team who were third place winners of the football World Cup in France, selector Ciro Blazevica and Davor Suker. Kid's day has turned into the Kid's week. None of the first four seed players (Moya, Mantilla, Kucera, Kuerten) did not reach the semi-finals.


Last year finalist, this year the winner Felix Mantilla in the finals defeated 1st seed Sergi Bruguera who smoothly arrived to the final four matches losing only 13 games. In the quarter finals were as many as 6 Spanish players, in the semi-finals all four players were Spanish. Ivan Ljubicic, same as last year, loses in the second round.


The first title for Carlos Moya. Goran Prpic officially ended his professional career. This year was the first victory of Ivan Ljubicic at the tournament. He arrived by invitation; in the first round Gustavo Kuerten defeated him.


The third title for Thomas Muster. The most dramatic finales between Thomas Muster and Carlos Costa. Costa led 6-3, 5-2, 40-15 and served... Goran Ivanisevic and Zvonimir Boban played a friendly match. Semi-final beauty contest Miss Croatia for Miss World. Competition in the fast changing wheels on the Formula 1 car.


After last year's defeat in the finales against Muster, Alberto Berasategui raised the winning trophy. In the finals he was better than Slovak Kucera 6:2, 6:4. First appearance in Umag of great Spanish player Emilio Sanchez.


The first arrival of the President Tudjman in the finals of the tournament. Muster defended his title - Umag was his one of as many as seven tournaments won this year (all on the clay). With this title he broke a record that Swede Willandera set in 1983. winning 6 tournaments. For the first time live broadcast of the finales on the Eurosport.


The first title for Thomas Muster in Umag. That year, the ATP donated money donation to the Foundation "Save the children of the Croatia. After the first two tournaments that were played in May, this year's tournament was held in the last week of August.


On the eve of war, ATP CEO Mark Miles and Director for Europe Pierre Darmon visited Umag. Drazen Petrovic watched live the tournament. Bruno Oresar played his last match at the ATP tournament. Winner Poljakov arrive to the title from qualification - so far only qualifier winning this tournament.


The first tournament: the first time Croatian players in the finals. Goran Prpic won his only ATP tournament, beating Goran Ivanisevic, who was not yet 19 years old. Tennis legend Fred Perry arrived in Umag.