Marin Cilic: I’m Still In Pain And I’m Still Rusty, But I Think I’m Going To Be In Good Form Soon
by Tom Gainey | March 15th, 2015, 4:54 pm

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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10 Comments for Marin Cilic: I’m Still In Pain And I’m Still Rusty, But I Think I’m Going To Be In Good Form Soon

Hippy Chick Says:

YAY Well done Juan Monaco big congrats….

Michael Says:

Cilic’s performance after his momentous US Open win has been pretty disastrous. He is struggling at every tournament to get to the later stages and even in smaller tournaments hosting no good players is also proving to be a tough terrain for Cilic. It only reinforced the incontrovertible fact that his win at the US open was a mere flash in the pan.

Hippy Chick Says:

Michael why do we have to make such an issue about Cilics loss,why are we not praising Juan Monarco on his win like we should be?

Hippy Chick Says:

I cant stand Cilic,but i will defend him a little bit,its still early days since he won the USO,and he missed the AO through injury,and i still dont think hes fully fit?….

RZ Says:

I saw Cilic on the IW practice courts yesterday. He was getting treatment on his shoulder. Then he went to take a few serves and rubbed his shoulder quite a bit afterward. I wasn’t surprised when he withdrew from his doubles match shortly after.

Margot Says:

OMG RZ are you there? But what fun! However, do hope you are NOT watching any Murray matches……;) And if u r do hope u have brought a handy sofa with you!

SG1 Says:

RZ…what fun is an understatement! You have to get some video of Andy for Margot.

I go to the tournament in Montreal almost every year. It’s a great experience. Cool thing about IW is that you get to see both the men and women at the same time. Montreal, it’s an alternating thing.

Must be hotter than the underside of a rattle snake though. How are the players handling the heat?

RZ Says:

@Margot – no longer there sadly, but was there Friday through Sunday. I did get to watch Andy play doubles with Kokkinakis, and they won, so maybe I need to watch Andy’s matches live while ignoring them on TV. :-)

RZ Says:

@SG1 – It was a lot of fun and also ridiculously hot the last 2 days. Most players seemed to be okay in the heat, although toward the end of her match Ana Ivanovic bent over a couple of times toward the end of her second round match and I thought she was going to vomit. Fortunately she didn’t and went on to win quickly.

Margot Says:

How fabulous RZ! And glad you got to see Andy.
IW certainly on my wish list, but alas wrong side of States for us Brits to make a quick dash.
Tho I have been to California.

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