Marin Cilic achieved a career-high ranking at no. 3 in the 2018 season. Now, the Croatian player has dropped to the tenth place after not being able to defend his points (as the defending finalist) at the Australian Open this year.
In an interview to Novosti, Cilic was asked if he still dreams of becoming the world no. 1. "Of course, I still think I can become world no. 1, no matter how fierce the competition is. Things could change quickly, Nadal, Federer and Djokovic had time off the court and they returned at the top.
Small improvements in the game could bring significant progress on the list. If you look at the last season, Djokovic, Nadal and Federer were at the top while the rest of the top-10, including me, had picked the most of the remaining points.
My goal is to reach London again and finish in the top-5 and I believe that's possible if I maintain the high level. No. 1? Why not? I will never rule that out, I possess the offensive game good enough to cause troubles to any rival," said Cilic.
Will Cilic be able to compete until the age of 40, taking inspiration from his 39-year-old compatriot Ivo Karlovic, and the 37-year-old Roger Federer? "Honestly, I do not know. It will depend on how things will go and on my health.
The most important thing for me is to be competitive in the big tournaments. I would not be happy to go around and have a third round or a quarter-final as a goal. I want to play as long as I can win titles. When I will not be able to do it anymore, willingness and motivation will drop and I do not want to play as a world no. 200. It would not make sense."