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Marin Cilic: 'Federer keeps improving, his journey was unbelievable'

Marin Cilic: 'Federer keeps improving, his journey was unbelievable'

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by Gatto Luigi

Marin Cilic knew that it would have been very tough to beat Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final. Not only because of the opponent's greatness, but also because he had a right foot injury before the match. 'It was definitely one of the unfortunate days for me for this to happen.

I had a really bad blister and fluid came down into the callus', explained the 28-year-old. 'It was tough emotionally because I know how much went into the preparation in the past few months. It was really bad luck but I wanted to give my best and try as much as I could.

But it was tough when you are in that situation because you know there is not much chance to win.' Cilic revealed that the blister had surfaced more or less during his quarter-finals five sets match against Gilles Muller.

He did a lot of rehab thanks to physioterapists, but it wasn't enough: 'They helped. The last 30 hours, they were just constantly almost with me. They did as much as they could, but unfortunately I still felt the pain.

Every time I had to do a reaction fast, fast change of movement, I was unable to do that.' At the end of the first set he was burst into tears, and he explained why it happened: 'It was just a feeling that I knew that I cannot give my best on the court, that I cannot give my best game and my best tennis, especially at this stage of my career, at such a big match.

It was very, very difficult to deal with it. You know, that was the only thing. But otherwise, you know, it didn't hurt so much that it was putting me in tears. It was just that feeling that I wasn't able to give the best.' Marin takes what's positive, and he really looks forward to the North American hard-court season where he will try to defend Cincinnati title: 'I know that these last two weeks have been great tennis from me.

My level was in a position where it hasn't been before on grass, so I'm extremely satisfied with that. This will give me much more confidence and much more strength for the rest of the year. I know that my level can go even higher, so that is something that I'm looking forward to and which is definitely making me more happy.

The loss today is obviously a sad one, a devastating one, but I'm still very proud and thankful for all of my team that helped me to get here.' He finally spoke about Federer's greatness.

He won his 19th Grand Slam title at almost 36 age. 'I think it's caused by his ability, his desire to keep improving. At his age he is still progressing. He challenges himself to improve. His journey has been unbelievable, he didn't drop off any set.

He won also Halle title. You can only speak well about Roger Federer. A gentleman and one of the greatest ambassador of the sport.' ALSO READ: Angry Toni Nadal: 'Wimbledon is like a small event, they help other players' .

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