Marin Cilic is not always in the spotlight in the major tournaments when there are still early rounds. At the Australian Open, the 30-year-old Croatian spoke with just three journalists following his win on Wednesday.
Is he surprised about it? 'I am not surprised', Cilic said as quoted by Sport Klub. 'Some other players give more interviews than me, but I come from a little country and we are all aware of it. Okay, Novak (Djokovic) is at a different level than me because he won everything and the attention from media is much bigger, but I am not really sorry about it.
I definitely like to have an interview, but I am not worried about not having more.' Cilic also commented on how he spent his off-season and skipping the Pune Open due to a knee injury: 'I was on holidays for a week in the Caribbean with my wife.
After that, I started practising but I felt my knee so I stopped for another week. In general, each one is different but not being in tournaments and nit travelling, not being under the match pressure and the motivation on the match day was unusual.
Although the training is physical fatigue, I am not mentally tired because I like training, especially if I am at home and I can spend the rest of my time with my closest ones. It's important to play tournaments and feel the stress again.
The situation is good, but I could not play matches and even bring my body under pressure. I felt a light knee pain probably a little bit on serve, on the movement, but nothing that could make me slower.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title