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Goran Ivanisevic: 'You've to kill Roger Federer 77 times to win'

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by Gatto Luigi

We will have to wait only for a few hours to know who will be the new Wimbledon champion. Roger Federer will face Marin Cilic at 2:00 PM on Centre Court, a year after that the Swiss beat the Croatian in the quarter-finals after a thrilling match.

At that time Goran Ivanisevic, who worked with Cilic from 2013 to 2016, was still in Cilic's box and, in a column for The Times last week, spoke about it saying something very interesting. 'If there is a lesson from last year’s match then it is when Federer is down, you need to stamp on him, kick him, hurt him some more', said the 2001 Wimbledon Champion.

'Roger is like someone from a film: Kill him and he gets up, so you have to kill him again. You have to kill him about 77 times to win.' Cilic admitted that the tense moment influenced him: 'It was just, you know, decision-making at those crucial points — match points, break points even.

In those critical moments, my mind-set, picking the shots maybe wasn’t the best. I learned from that. But over all with the game, I felt throughout the match I played really well.' ALSO READ: Federer: 'For a second I doubted I might never come back at Wimbledon' .

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