Croatian tennis star Marin Cilic has admitted that his season has been far from ideal but the former world No. 3 hopes to put on a strong campaign at this week's Paris Masters and end his year on a high note. On Monday -- the opening day of the Paris Masters -- the 31-year-old Croatian made a positive start to his campaign as he overcame rising Polish star Hubert Hurkacz in straight sets 7-6 (5) 6-4 to set up a round-of-16 meeting against No.
16 seed Stan Wawrinka. Cilic, an 18-time ATP champion, is on the verge of ending a season without a title won in it for the first time since 2007. The Croatian, now ranked at No. 24 in the world, has been struggling with his form throughout the whole season as he hasn't made any finals and he is only 21-18 at the ATP level this year. "It's been a tough season. I have to accept it," Cilic said, per Jose Morgado.