The 2014 US Open undoubtedly represented the highest moment of Marin Cilic's career. The Croatian ace, under the guidance of Goran Ivanisevic, played a second week on the verge of perfection which allowed him to conquer the first and only Slam of his career.
The 31-year-old from Medjugorje would have touched another one at the Australian Open 2018, when he surrendered to Roger Federer in the fifth set not without some regrets. “First of all, I can’t believe that it’s already been five years.
Time flies when you’re having fun and when you are on the Tour chasing your dreams,” Cilic stated. “Winning the Open was a dream come true… I had my first match on Arthur Ashe Stadium [in the quarter-finals against Tomas Berdych] and played in the form of my life.
Beat Berdych, beat Roger in the semis and Kei in the final and just had an incredible time and just enjoyed myself on the court, played tremendously well and just enjoyed every single moment" - Cilic informed ATPTour.com.
“It was definitely an incredible win by Kei to beat Novak in the semis and Novak up until that point, he was having a great season and he was the big favourite to go through. But it was an incredibly sunny day, it was very humid,” Cilic stated.
“Of course we all watched in the locker rooms. But it didn’t play too much in my mind because up until that point I had never beaten Roger. I had lost to him five times up until that point and just kept myself in the moment, kept composed.
I felt that I was playing great and just wanted to be relaxed, enjoy when I went on the court and that’s the way it was”. He was also runner-up at the 2017 Wimbledon Championships and the 2018 Australian Open, losing to Roger Federer both times.
Čilić has reached at least quarterfinal in all four major tournaments, and has made it to at least that stage at 13 different Grand Slams.