Terrible draw for Cilic, Djokovic is the toughest matchup for him on tour - he did well to take a set especially on this surface. If he keeps this form up, he should replace del Potro as the best player of the 88-90 generation this year, if not in Djokovic's quarter he'd have had a shot to go really deep here, his level is pretty good.
If Del Potro will have problems with his health that will happen. He gain the most points in last 2 months. He would make to Nole or Roger then he would maybe win that. He wouldn't loose to Gulbis. He is in reall great form but he stopped to play vs Djoko, for some reason. He would win the match if he wasn't.
Nope, my point was that Cilic never could and still can't handle these top guys when they are playing good. All those better ranked players which Cilic beat, he beat them because they weren't on their usual level, not because Cilic played out of this world tennis. Haas, Tsonga, Murray, Isner ... all of them or still having bad season or they were completely out of form when Cilic beat them. You can say he beat Anderson who is in great form but anyone who watched that match knew that reality were slightly different.
Today against Djokovic, Cilic played good, was very aggressive and everything was going his way till Djokovic didn't raise his game and stopped missing. In the moment when things got tight, Cilic completely lost confidence and became too passive to hurt Djokovic. It isn't like Nole won 2nd and 3rd set because Cilic started missing everything, he won it because Cilic didn't sustain his game plan and allowed Nole to boss points.
So my point was that all those improvements which you are talking about look good on paper but they not existing when he needs to apply it in when it matters moments
Hope this was realistic enough for you
Yeah, and Dimitrov and Isner have such a bad season. Haas season is bad, too. He BEATED Anderson no metter how close was that. All of, let's say, top players Cilic beat this season have better ranking than of the start of the season.
Cilic was really good in the first set like he was bad vs Murray on USO 2009.
Del Potro playe great vs him at AO 2010 despache he was injured.
This was Cilic's best chance to win I believe but he screwed it again...
And kudos to Novak's turnaround.
This is what separates him from the rest of the guys. Even when he looks like he'll definitely lose, he keeps his composure and wins in the end.
He will have alot of chances in the future, believe me. He will be just better with new coach.