Australian Open runner-up Marin Cilic is ready to face world No. 1 Novak Djokovic as he believes he could end on the winning side when the two meet this Friday at The O2 Arena. Cilic, 30, and 31-year-old Djokovic have had three tight meetings this year as the Croatian beat the Serb in the Queen's final after saving a match point before the world No.
1 responded by clinching three-set wins over the world No. 7 at the Masters 1000 events in Cincinnati and Paris. Djokovic leads Group Guga Kuerten as he started his Nitto ATP Finals campaign with straight-set wins over American John Isner and German Alexander Zverev.
On the other side, Cilic lost to Zverev 7-6 (5) 7-6 (1) in his opener but defeated Isner 6-7 (2) 6-3 6-4 in his following match to stay alive in the hunt for a semi-final place. "The last few meetings (between us) were really tough -- in Queen's, Cincinnati and Paris...all three matches really tough.
Novak is really playing phenomenally. Here (at the ATP Finals) he showed a great form in his first two matches. I'll have to maximally prepare (for the match). I'm feeling good. I think I have played two quality matches (here at The O2 Arena).
I had a lot of chances against Zverev -- but I didn't capitalize them. I believe that I can play a great match against Novak and I hope that I could win (the match)," Cilic exclusively told Sport Klub. Also read: Jim Courier on Novak Djokovic in London: This is Novak in full flight, aura