Playing his first match of 2015, Marin Cilic expected a tough day and that’s what he got losing in straight sets 64, 64 yesterday to Juan Monaco in the Indian Wells second round.
Afterward, the US Open champion talked about his state of health with his right shoulder.
“I didn’t feel completely painless,” Cilic said. “Just I felt, that it’s a bit rusty still. So I felt that even on the serve I wasn’t able to pop it to hit it at a full speed. So that was I think giving him a little more opportunities and more freedom in the game as, you know, I wasn’t getting too many free points for the serve and overall from the game.
“It was really good to be playing, first tournament and first match obviously. I wasn’t expecting that I’m going to be playing great tennis, which, it’s always difficult in the first couple matches. I mean, some players do feel great straightaway from the beginning, but I’m kind of player that needs few matches to get into it.”
Cilic eloborated a little about the mysterious injury.
“I had injury throughout the second part of last year,” he said of his right shoulder. “I had to take a break for 10 weeks. I didn’t think it’s going to be that long. I thought in the beginning it’s going to be shorter. That’s why I missed the first part of the year.
“I had to rest completely from playing, and I was doing only physical in this part. Just last two, three weeks I was being able to play, to start to play some tennis.”
Cilic might be out of the singles, but he’ll play Sunday in the doubles with another player on the comeback trail, Juan Martin del Potro.
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