Marin Cilic comes into the US Open as one of the hottest players after winning his first Masters title in Cincinnati 10 days ago. Cilic kept is run going crusing Sergiy Stakhovsky to set up a showdown with American Jack Sock on Friday.
Cilic lead Sock by a break in the fifth set at Davis Cup two months ago before losing. Cilic and team Croatia still won the tie, but Marin hasn’t forgetton blowing a 2-set lead to Sock.
“We played in Portland few weeks ago,” said Cilic. “Over there was tough match, five-setter. Jack played really well. I was even 3-Love in the fifth and he came back and won. Definitely expecting a tough matchup. Jack can be very dangerous on the court. He’s athletic guy. He can run down many balls. In the U.S. I guess that he plays even a bit better. He gets inspired with the crowd.”
Cilic has won his last seven matches now and 13 of his last 14 at the US Open, and he’s finding his form again.
“During the summer I was more or less playing really good,” Cilic added. “I lost matches to Karlovic and to Monfils, and so matches that I can lose anytime of the year, for sure. In both of those matches I felt that I was playing actually pretty good. So that was giving me good confidence for the other tournaments. You know, just feeling on the court I’m playing well. When I’m feeling like that, that’s always giving me nice feedback on the court.”
After a tough 5-set win over Taylor Fritz, Sock blew out Mischa Zverev yesterday. The 23-year-old Sock is playing his 7th US Open, he’s never made the fourth round.
“I mean, a couple years ago I would have been very satisfied with that and excited to be in the third round,” Sock said Wednesday.
“I feel like my tennis is right there to be playing in the second week. I’ve only been able to do that a couple times at the slams. For me it’s just more motivating getting through the first couple rounds, getting your feet wet at the slam.”
“Hopefully for me, my goal is to be playing in the second week of every slam that I’m playing now. I feel like my tennis is there. If I can just go out and keep producing, then good things will happen.”
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