Marin Cilic: 'Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic made me better'


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Marin Cilic: 'Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic made me better'

During the Cincinnati Media Day on Monday, Marin Cilic was asked if he feels that he gets enough credit for his results, of if he doesn't may be because other legends like Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray got bigger results. 'I don't mind.

We have in tennis so many great, great athletes that fans enjoy', Cilic said. 'I am so grateful that I was in this era. Guys like that, I think it made me better, and I am probably as good as I have ever been as a tennis player.

I think I am always improving, always learning from the top guys, also learning from all the other guys. You can learn always some new things, and that makes it so special. For accomplishments, I get that from my team, from closer ones if not from the past.

But I am feeling good where I am at.' Commenting on playing Cincinnati for the first time since 2016 when he won his maiden Masters 1000 title beating the British player Andy Murray, the 29-year-old said: 'It feels great obviously to comeback here, I am still feeling as a champion, nervous.

Last year I was not able to defend my title due to injury and then coming back here this year feels really nice, in a good form.' Cilic is coming from his three-set loss to Rafael Nadal at the Rogers Cup. 'I am feeling quite good also physically, I am playing some great matches last week but it's definitely a big difference playing in Toronto, the ball was flying, it was humid.' ALSO READ: After playing with shot clock for a week, Rafael Nadal gives his thoughts