Marin Cilic: Losing to Roger Federer at RG gave me more time to prepare for grass



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Marin Cilic: Losing to Roger Federer at RG gave me more time to prepare for grass

Croatian tennis star Marin Cilic was thrilled after making the Mercedes Cup final in Stuttgart. Cilic, a former world No. 3, led 6-3 1-0 before Austrian Jurij Rodionov retired the match due to an injury. “I am feeling really good and very excited to be in the final after quite a period that I didn’t reach a final.

I think this was a very positive week, I have played good tennis, served really well. Considering it is a shorter season, with one week less, for me, it was great to play this week. Losing in Paris to Roger Federer gave me more time to prepare for the grass,” Cilic said.

Cilic routinely handled Rodionov

The two players were all tied at three games apiece after the opening six games of the match. Cilic, who was the big favorite, claimed the first break of the match in the eighth game and then served out for the opener in the following game.

Cilic then broke Rodionov in the opening game of the second set and the Austrian then retired the match. "I haven’t enjoyed being at a tournament this much in a long period of time, because it is the first time my son, wife and I are together at one tournament.

The set up in Stuttgart is really nice, there is a lot of grass and open space around the hotel for my son to play and it is so much fun having them around,” Cilic said. Cilic will be battling rising Canadian star Felix Auger-Aliassime in the Stuttgart final.

Auger-Aliassime, ranked at No. 21 in the world, claimed a 6-4 7-5 win over American Sam Querrey in the semifinal. Auger-Aliassime claimed the first break of the match in the 10th game of the first set, when Querrey was serving to stay in the set.

Auger-Aliassime then claimed his second break of the match in the 12th game of the second set, when Querrey was serving to stay in the match.