Marin Cilic got his second loss in a row in the third set as on Tuesday he lost to Jack Sock by 5-7 6-2 7-6(4) after two hours and a half. The World No. 5 had lost to Alexander Zverev by 6-4 in the third on Sunday, and this another close loss can seriously affect his chances to reach semifinals at the Year-End event.
'Yeah, it is frustrating, absolutely', Cilic admitted in press conference. During the match he was up 3-0 in the third set, then got broken. And a similar scenario had happened against Zverev.
'Also today, just beginning of the third set I played well. Also on my service game where I lost my serve, just missed couple of shots. I did good decisions. I just missed two forehands. He made one great passing shot off a run.
These things can happen. But obviously the match went till the tiebreaker. I didn't have any chances until the end of that third set. He didn't, as well. That tiebreak, it was quite a few close points. Him getting that unbelievable let cord, one backhand down the line that he hit on 5-4, he didn't hit many down-the-line winners during the match.
That was a big shot to hit at that stage. Yeah, definitely disappointing in both matches in that third set, being in a good position, putting myself in a good position. But, yeah, unfortunately I didn't close it.' Given the format of this tournament, you're still not actually out yet if Zverev beats Federer tonight.
Will you be cheering him on, hoping for him to win? 'I'll definitely watch. But, you know, I don't know who I'm going to support. Anyway, I'm just going to try to focus on this last match, to play Roger, to still continue to play well.
I am frustrated, a little bit disappointed with both losses. But it's part of the sport, so I just going to try to regroup, get a little bit refreshed, try to play another good match.' Recovery is extremely important especially when you play three sets matches.
How does he deal with it? 'I think I became little bit more aware of the things that I need to do, obviously with sleeping and eating, also relaxing my mind. It's extremely important to still stay fresh. I am, I would say, little bit better organizing in that part.
It's great for me that I have good team and that I can pick things that we do just to relax little bit more. Go in the city, go see some shows, things like that, just to keep my mind having fun, when I come on the practice, I'm doing serious things, that I'm not 24 hours completely serious.
I think I was doing really well in these last couple seasons, so it was helping me a lot to play better and better week after week.' .