In his second consecutive ATP Tour final, Marin Cilic achieved the grand prize: by defeating Taylor Fritz 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-4, the Croatian lifted the champion title at the St. Petersburg Open and arrived to the 20 trophies in his career.
At 33, Cilic claimed the second ATP Tour trophy of the season after claiming the crown on the grass in Stuttgart a few months ago. To reach the final, Cilic had to overcome tough obstacles, surviving three sets against Karen Khachanov in the round of 16 and another three against Roberto Bautista Agut in the quarterfinals.
Cilic had great memories of St. Petersburg. In the Russian city he managed to lift the cup in the 2011 edition, something that he has replicated in 2021. With Fritz dominating the ATP Head2Head between the two 1-0, after the victory he achieved against the Croat in Indian Wells 2017, the Croatian He came out ready to close the gap with his rival, drawing on the good streak he has accumulated.
Cilic showed a granite decision in the important moments of the first round, shining in the tiebreaker against a Fritz who put everything on his side to get the win. Thanks to his aggressive play, the one that has historically defined him, the Croatian was able to drop the first set on his side, clearing the way to the title by hitting his opponent first.
Far from giving up, Fritz waged battle. The American, making himself strong thanks to his serve, tied the game by taking the second set with a decisive break, which he achieved when he was 5-4 on the scoreboard. Over the years, tennis fans have seen the greatness of Roger Federer.
He has a special aura to him that is second to none. However, at the end of the day, he is only human and possesses qualities like any other.
Fans have seen the emotional side of Roger Federer
Recently, his former coach Paul Annacone spoke on this subject and revealed how they decided to do the needful.
The 58-year-old coach stated, “I think his maturation process allowed it to happen. I asked Roger Federer about it when we were together years ago and I asked him if it was something someone said or a coach or his parents or whatever.
He said it was a little bit of a bunch of things and he said ultimately I just realized to myself that if I’m that emotional and those things can knock me off the rails then I can’t think through what’s going on out there”.
The former coach added, “He used to say that I need a way to find a solution and I can’t find solutions if I’m really emotional and things are going awry. I need to know how to manage the emotions and get disappointed but not let it ruin the rest of the match and be happy and not let it ruin the rest of the match.
So I just basically made the decision myself after getting a bunch of feedback both myself and also hearing it from his parents and hearing from other coaches but he really said it was himself that just hit and switch and said I got to get better at this”.