Two-time Grand Slam finalist Marin Cilic has announced Vedran Martic as his new coach. Coach Martic is back coaching on the ATP Tour just two months after he ended his long-time collaboration with Russian world No. 15 Karen Khachanov.
Martic will now have multiple duties as last December he was given the captaincy role in the Croatian Davis Cup team. Cilic, 31, and Martic worked together for the first time earlier this month, when Croatia hosted India in a Davis Cup qualifying round tie.
It all went good for the Croatians, who beat India 3-1 to secure a spot for the second edition of Davis Cup Finals in November. Cilic played a key part in helping Croatia beat India as he brought two points to his side. The 31-year-old beat Ramkumar Ramanathan on the opening day of the tie, before he saw off Sumit Nagal in the fourth rubber to clinch the victory for his team.
Cilic and Martic were aiming to officially kick off their partnership at the Indian Wells Masters. But the ATP Tour got suspended for at least six due to the coronavirus outbreak. Cilic, a former world No. 3, is now ranked at No.
37 in the world. The Croatian is hoping that adding Martic will help him in his bid to rediscover his old form. Cilic was aiming to achieve some big things last year but his season didn't go as planned. Cilic, the 2018 Australian Open runner, made the round-of-16 at Melbourne Park this past January before losing to Milos Raonic.
The Croatian then picked up back-to-back early round exits as he exited Marseille in the round-of-16 before losing in the Dubai first round a week later.