Former World No. 3 Marin Cilic spoke to his wife after losing to Roger Federer at last year's French Open and his wife suggested that she and their son go to Stuttgart to be with him. Cilic, who was struggling with his game at the time, was joined by his wife and son in Stuttgart and ended up winning his first title of the season in Stuttgart.
Cilic recently became a father for the second time. "It was a funny story in Stuttgart at the time: I was away from my family for a long time due to Coronavirus and after losing to Roger Federer in the second round of the French Open, I spoke with my wife.
She suggested that I could come to Stuttgart with our son, and then I won the tournament. That was an amazing time. Of course you need a lot of energy for the kids, but they also distract you from tennis. This is important in every job.
You need that to not be focused on your work all the time. I can relax like this and just have a good time outside of my work. If you find a good balance, it's a great combination," Cilic told tennisnet.com. Cilic captured his first Grand Slam title at the US Open in 2014.
Cilic also finished runner-up at Wimbledon in 2017 and also lost the final at the Australian Open in 2018. "I saw at the US Open it was amazing. I want it again. So I definitely want to win another Grand Slam title. Who knows if that would help me achieve even more? I'm currently working on it."
Federer has been suffering from injuries
Roger Federer recently opened up on how he has dealt with staying home for the last two years while recovering from a serious knee injury. The Swiss also spoke about his family supporting him during his time away from the tour.
"The last few years have definitely shown me how it could be, how to manage a sort of slower life... because I actually feel very, very busy [nowadays]," Roger Federer said. "I wake up earlier than ever because my body doesn't need as much rest as it used to.
I actually have more time on my hands when I wake up at 7 o' clock in the morning. I wanna remain curious and really learn, you know.... just working hard, but still enjoy the process. The transition will be an interesting one, my life will be different, the carpet will be pulled from under my legs sometimes, you know?" he added.
"Maybe I see it easier than it will be, but I'm very confident about it and that's not because I don't want to come back. We'll see how it will be."