Marin Cilic is trying to find the best form after some complicated seasons. The Croatian tennis player, before the title won in Stuttgart, had won his last tournament in 2018 in London (Queen's Club, ed). This year, Cilic has won two tournaments, the most recent last week in St.
Petersburg. In Russia, the current number 28 in the ATP ranking showed a very high level of play and defeated the likes of Karen Khachanov, Roberto Bautista Agut, Botic van de Zandschulp and Taylor Fritz.
Marin Cilic: "I can still beat the best tennis players"
In the last interview during the tournament, Marin said: "Now I have a family, I have two children, so I want to dedicate this title to them.
Winning in St. Petersburg, especially at this point in my career, is special, even more so when I think I won here ten years ago. I think I played really well all week. I think I can take my tennis to an even better level. Today, for example, I didn't take advantage of some opportunities and I didn't finish the first set when I should have.
Taylor started playing better as the minutes went by, but I think it was a great mental battle and I showed great strength." Cilic's goal is to get back to competing with the best players on the ATP Tour: "My plans are to keep training hard, keep pushing, with the aim of giving myself a new opportunity to win big tournaments and play well.
I want to be able to beat the best. This is my goal and the last two tournaments played in Russia give me a lot of confidence. Playing so well helps me a lot, especially mentally." Cilic is playing the Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy this week and faceed Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the first round, winning in straight sets for 6-3 6-4 Waiting for the winner of this interesting challenge will be Sebastian Korda, who defeated seed number 13 Aslan Karatsev in an incredible match.