Following a post-US Open injury slump, Marin Cilic is back winning Grand Slam matches again. Cilic missed a lot of time nursing a right shoulder injury, but the Croat says he’s close to playing championship tennis again.
“Just takes bit of time,” Cilic said after a 62, 64, 62 win over Robin haase. “Takes some wins obviously. That’s most important in any sport, I would guess. I feel the game is there; I’m playing all right on the trainings. It’s matter to put it in the matches. Sometimes, and actually very often, things can be working very well, but when you don’t have enough wins, just at the crucial moments you might be taking wrong decisions. So I think it’s very important for me at the moment to win as many matches as I can.”
Cilic has won his last 8 Grand Slam matches and 13 straight sets, beating Tomas Berdych, Roger Federer and then Kei Nishikori all in straight sets to win the US Open last September.
The 26-year-old Croat is just 5-5 on clay this year, 5-6 overall. He now faces Australian James Duckworth or qualifier Arnaboldi.
“I’m feeling good otherwise, even on trainings,” Cilic added. “When I’m at the court I’m feeling confident; I feel that I’m playing good. Just it’s sometimes that things don’t set up themselves like when you are confident. I mean, for example, like when you have a lot of matches, wins, things like that, you’re going to bring the best shots on some crucial moments. I think that’s what helps you the most.”
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