Former world No. 3 Marin Cilic praised 10th-ranked Jannik Sinner as he believes the Italian is really talented but acknowledged that these days you have to play really well and really consistent if you want to win a Grand Slam.
Cilic captured his lone Grand Slam title at the US Open in 2014, while he ended runner at Wimbledon in 2017 and the Australian Open in 2018 respectively. "Jannik, at his age, is already in the top 10. He's playing very well, he's having a great season.
He's just going to keep getting better and better. How far can he go? No one knows. But he already has an incredible level. These days you have to play really well in Grand Slams and be consistent to be a world No. 3. When I was in this position I had played for 12 months in an extraordinary way," Cilic said, per We Love Tennis.
Cilic hoping to return to his old ranking
A month ago, Cilic captured his second title of the season after beating Taylor Fritz in the St. Petersburg final. "During the whole week I think my level was really good. I felt that I can still get my game to a better level, and it was a little bit similar today," Cilic said after winning St.
Petersburg. "I was playing great on some occasions, missing some opportunities, serving for the first set, not making that first set more comfortably. As things went on, obviously Taylor started to play better. But in the end, [it was] a great mental battle from my side."
Cilic, now ranked at No. 30 in the world, wants to return to the top in 2022. My plans are to keep pushing myself, to keep training hard to give myself an opportunity to again win great tournaments and to play amazing tennis, to be winning against guys who are at the top," Cilic said.
"That’s obviously my goal. Who knows where it will take me, but for me, it’s a great start, these two tournaments in Russia. It obviously helps so much for my confidence end of the season playing this well."