In an interview to Novosti, Marin Cilic shared his thoughts on Novak Djokovic's stunning win over Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final. The Croat, who is set to make his return to competition in Dubai, was asked if he was surprised by such a dominant victory.
"Absolutely. I do not know if he has ever beaten Nadal in such a way during a Grand Slam final," said Cilic. "Also, he won very easily against Pouille in the semifinals and against Kei Nishikori earlier who retired.
Basically, from the quarter-finals onwards he did not even sweat. I watched the final, and the most surprising thing was that Rafa did not look, from a tactical point of view, to do something different from the beginning to the end of the match.
As for Novak, he has once again achieved an unbelievable feat, three Majors in a row..." Cilic holds 18 ATP career-titles, Goran Ivanisevic has won the most with 22. What would it mean to overcome him? "It's not something I look at.
Goran is a tennis icon and Croatian sports icon. This stat is not a reason to play more tournaments, and then get to 23 and retire. My goal is to become a better player on all the aspects of the game. If tomorrow I stopped, I would be more than satisfied with my career, but the reason why I go out there and practice is to see what I can do better.
Obviously, you have tough days where nothing works, like in all things and for each of us, but everything is easier to face when you are alone. Goran played at his times, Ljubicic at his, me at my mine. These comparisons are just theory," said Cilic.