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^_^ Marin' Press: articles, videos, audios and anything else you share ^_^

linus
02-13-2008, 03:33 PM
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http://www.atpworldtour.com/media/backgrounds/nav_video.jpg

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BTW... if any catalog/index is needed, let me know, I will try :p

linus
02-13-2008, 03:55 PM
First here into was posted by Truc, hightlights against Youzhny, R1, Marseille :
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=6569588&postcount=56

skoked
02-14-2008, 08:20 AM
hello

i have this link: http://newgeneration.croatianherald.com/Interview/tabid/100/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/2453/Default.aspx
its an article after the australian open, i found it a few days ago.

cc2monac
02-14-2008, 10:11 AM
great thread dear!

linus
02-16-2008, 12:38 PM
hello

i have this link: http://newgeneration.croatianherald.com/Interview/tabid/100/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/2453/Default.aspx
its an article after the australian open, i found it a few days ago.

great thread dear!
Thank you both dears :)

kinglear
07-24-2008, 06:19 PM
great thread dear!


Most definitely. It's weird because there are virtually no Cilic matches on youtube or anywhere else. I'm sure in the future there will be more because Marin is steadily rising to the superstar we know he is, and he will soon get the respect he deserves. He's close to defeating Roddick in Toronto as I type. hehe :)

Silence
07-25-2008, 09:01 AM
M. CILIC/A. Roddick
6 4, 4 6, 6 4
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.


Q. Is that one of your best victories in your career?
MARIN CILIC: I wouldn't say so. I played also in González quite good match, and played twice with Davydenko when he was third and fourth, I think.
So I wouldn't say it's the best one. I had also...


Q. One of the best?
MARIN CILIC: Yeah, it is definitely one of the best. You don't have a chance to beat top 10 player every month, so it's a good effort.


Q. In the beginning of the year you said that your goal was to be in the top 40 by the end of the season. You got there pretty fast after Australia and since then. You're around there. You've beaten top players. What's the goal now for the end of the season?
MARIN CILIC: I didn't set any goals so far until the end of the season. I'm just going to try as good as I can. I also played Australian Open and Wimbledon very good. I reached the second week, which was really good for my confidence and for my game.
So I think I'm just going to try to play good tennis and try to focus on that. I'm not going to put any pressure to reaching some point with the ranking.


Q. You were up a break in the second set and things got away from you. Talk about this a little bit. What was going through your mind?
MARIN CILIC: Well, yeah, I was they are serving on 4 3 in second set. He started to play a little bit better, put a little more balls in the court. There I lost a little bit my concentration and focus. I made few unforced errors, and then he got back in the game and he was playing good at that point. Also crowd helped him a little bit to get his mental side back.
But when I lost that second set I put myself back together, and I was just thinking to start really good the third set. That thing was, I think, really crucial. врот мышь читай....в этом вся Мрня

Q. Talk but beginning of the third. When you got that break, did it help you get over what had just happened in the second?
MARIN CILIC: Well, yeah, I forget already what was happening in the second set. I was just focused on the third set. I knew that I have to play every point the best I can and not let him any not to give him any chances to come back. Сынку фик сломаешь, упрется и давай перебирать ластами и гнуть свою линию


Q. Andy Roddick said that you came out really aggressive and he liked your aggressiveness. Was that a game plan of yours?
MARIN CILIC: Well, I'm usually playing like that. I'm trying to play as aggressive as I can and try to serve good, and that was working very good today. I was moving him around quite good and exposing him on both sides. That was working very well.
He obviously didn't have a lot of chances to attack, which was really good thing for me.


Q. He seemed like he was getting frustrated with the umpire. Did all that arguing throw your game off any? Didn't seem like it affected you.
MARIN CILIC: No, I mean, it's just I mean, that's him. He's maybe he was just feeling at that point he should argue with the referee.
For me, didn't really matter. I was just focused on myself and trying to play my game.


Q. You get Simon next. What do you know about his game?
MARIN CILIC: I played him a few times. Once last year in Wimbledon we played a really tough five set match. He's really good player, very solid. I watched him a little bit last night with Federer, and he was playing really good and not missing any balls.
Obviously he's in good shape and good form, so I think it's going to be tough match. But I think I have a chance if I play as good as today.


Q. Even so early in your career the name on the other side doesn't seem to bother you.
MARIN CILIC: Well, I mean, I played already few of those guys. On the beginning of my pro career I was a little bit it was a little bit for me different. I was a little more nervous at that time.
Now I got used to it and I played a lot on Grand Slams and a lot of tough matches, so it didn't bother me at all.


Q. You train at the Bob Brett Academy. Who is your traveling coach?
MARIN CILIC: Well, so far Bob will help me when he can. He travels with me sometimes. When he's not with me I'm with my brother. That's the thing, so...


Q. Simon has said that he's tired. Obviously he played a lot of matches. How are you feeling fatigue wise?
MARIN CILIC: I'm feeling fine. Today I had a little bit adrenaline so I was pumped up. So far I'm feeling really good, and I think for tomorrow I'm going to be fresh.


Q. Talk a little bit about returning that serve of Roddick's, because it's a pretty big serve and you seem to be getting a hold of it.
MARIN CILIC: Yeah, I was in good position on his serve, when he was serving, and I was able to put a lot returns back, which was a really good thing for me because he had to play and work a lot on his serve, which he is not used to.
So that was the thing, I think, that helped me to break him so many times.


Q. Simon is a good player, but is it a bigger opportunity for you with Roger out?
MARIN CILIC: I mean, I would say yes, because if Roger is playing obviously he can play much better than he played last night. So I think it's good opportunity for me and also for Simon to advance.
But well see what's going to happen. We are both, I think, in good shape and good form, so I think it's going to be quite interesting.

oranges
07-25-2008, 09:23 AM
Silence, thanks for the interview.

linus
07-25-2008, 10:16 AM
woo... finally chance to read Marin' interview :aplot:

what a lovely guy as usual :hearts: he always said something from his real mind, even difficult to telll sweet "lies" :lol:

how mysterious... what he said was totally and exactly what was on my mind :aplot:

celcius
07-25-2008, 10:45 PM
There is a lot about Marin in this article: http://tennisworld.typepad.com/travelblogue/2008/07/toronto-waiting.html

oranges
08-24-2008, 08:05 PM
ATP Spotlight for the first title
http://www.atptennis.com/1/en/2008news/spotlight_cilic.asp

Croatian Marin Cilic captured his first ATP title Saturday at Pilot Pen Tennis in New Haven, defeating American Mardy Fish 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.

The 19-year-old Zagreb resident becomes the eighth first-time ATP winner this season. ATPtennis.com caught up with Cilic after his maiden triumph on Saturday.

How does it feel to win your first ATP title at 19?
It feels great. Before the season started my secret goal was at least to play one ATP final, but I did play that and I won it so it’s a big accomplishment.

You played really high-level all week and you were in control throughout most of your matches this week, only losing two sets. What did you do effectively this week to make this breakthrough and win the title?
Well I came from Beijing and didn’t feel too good the first couple of days I was here but as I passed through the first few rounds I was feeling much better, playing very well and enjoying the atmosphere here and the good weather.

Did you have a hard time adjusting from your trip to Beijing?
It was hard, but I had a bye first round and in the second round Troicki retired against me so that was a little bit of a relief because I had another day to practice and to adjust, so that was a big help.

You’ve had a lot of recent success from your country – Mario (Ancic), Ivo (Karlovic), Ivan (Ljubicic) – you’re joining them, you’ve won a title, you’re ascending in the rankings. How good is this for the country and the sport in your country?
I think it’s pretty big now because I’m coming up as a youngster, coming from a new generation and joining them in a very good way. I jumped very high in the rankings, I think that’s going to help for our Davis Cup team and also for, I believe, younger ones that they can work more when they practice and play tournaments. They will have us as their idols and that’s really going to be big if I continue to play like this and, of course, if Mario is going to be at the top.

Because you came up a couple of years behind them, did any of them have a particular influence on you?
Well mostly Goran Ivanisevic did. He was finishing his career and he was practicing with me a lot when I was 14, 15 and he put me together with Bob Brett his ex-coach that, I think, helped me the most. From Bob, I learned a lot of things and he gave me a lot of influence and helped me a lot on the court.

This week last year you were ranked outside the Top 100 and lost in the 1st RD of qualifying at the US Open. What has changed since then and how great does it feel going into the US Open to make your first main draw appearance as one of the Top 30 seeds and an ATP title holder?
It feels really good and I know that I practiced really well at the beginning of the year and I had really good wins and good runs in the summer. Now I’m going into the US Open with big confidence and I hope I’m going to play very well there. Of course, I have a lot of room to improve more and I hope I’m going to be even better next year.

So where can you improve? What should we be looking for?
Mostly I think I’m going to get much stronger physically as I stop growing (upwards) and now I can grow wider (laughing). I think that’s going to help a lot. As you become stronger your shots become more consistent and your serve gets better. So I think that’s going to be a big improvement in the next few years.

How will you change your diet to bulk up?
Steaks!

What hobbies, interests do you have away from tennis?
Mostly, when I have free time, I got to my hometown and spend time with my family as the year is very long and I need some time off over there. Of course I go out with my friends, my cousins and I relax and have a good time there.

Family seems important to you, you had your brother here. Even though it was 3am (in Croatia), your family back home was pretty interested in what was going on.
Well I think that this night was the easiest one for them because they were at least watching it on the TV. The last two nights when I played my matches they were just following the scores on the Internet, and I know that’s very tough to just watch the numbers rolling. They were really big support and they’re always there, even in the bad times, they raise me a little bit. I’m really thankful that my brother could come here, as a brother and a friend, so it’s a big help.

Did your family get you going in tennis? How did you get started?
My father wanted each of us to play sport; I was at a good age to play tennis so I started to play and loved it. In the next couple of years I was showing at tournaments that I was really talented and that I was one of the best in the generation.

Are you doing anything special to celebrate this win? Buying a car?
Not right now (laughing), I’m just going to focus on the US Open coming in a couple of days. I hope I’m going to get ready for it and relax a little bit too to get going again.

Sexysova
08-25-2008, 07:27 AM
New Haven F - Marin Cilic def. Mardy Fish 6-4 4-6 6-2

http://www.atptennis.com/5/photos/headshots/main/C977_AS.jpghttp://www.atptennis.com/5/photos/headshots/main/F339_AS.jpg

MATCH: http://forum.vaidisova-nicole.com/viewtopic.php?f=41&t=4407&p=7308#p7308

Pepi.
08-25-2008, 11:20 AM
New Haven F - Marin Cilic def. Mardy Fish 6-4 4-6 6-2

http://www.atptennis.com/5/photos/headshots/main/C977_AS.jpghttp://www.atptennis.com/5/photos/headshots/main/F339_AS.jpg

MATCH: http://forum.vaidisova-nicole.com/viewtopic.php?f=41&t=4407&p=7308#p7308

:worship:

oranges
08-25-2008, 01:46 PM
New Haven F - Marin Cilic def. Mardy Fish 6-4 4-6 6-2

http://www.atptennis.com/5/photos/headshots/main/C977_AS.jpghttp://www.atptennis.com/5/photos/headshots/main/F339_AS.jpg

MATCH: http://forum.vaidisova-nicole.com/viewtopic.php?f=41&t=4407&p=7308#p7308

:bounce: Thank you, thank you, thank you :worship:

wop875
08-28-2008, 07:04 AM
http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/interviews/2008-08-27/200808271219884698182.html

Q. How did it go from your point of view?

MARIN CILIC: It was tough match. He's pretty solid player, and he doesn't give any points away. So during the match, I had to earn all my points, and the thing was that I start to serve pretty good from second set, and that helped me a lot and gave me a lot of free points. And I started to put much more pressure on him.

Like, during the fourth set, I lost few games that I shouldn't have on my serve. I was 40‑15 up, and on his ‑‑ to come back I had Love‑40, and those went on his side. Eventually I got back, and so we had a little thriller in tiebreak, but I was feeling physically very well, and in the fifth set, I didn't have too many problems.

Q. Who is your coach now?

MARIN CILIC: Well, Bob Brett is helping me a lot. He can't travel every week with me. He was in Toronto and Cincinnati, and in Wimbledon before that. So he couldn't come here, but he's going to be in couple of weeks in Beijing and Tokyo after, but all the time talking with him.

Q. Who's here with you now?

MARIN CILIC: Just a brother.

linus
08-28-2008, 11:21 AM
Thank you all dears :hug:

Cute Marin sounds honest as usual :aplot: and confident :yeah:

BTW... there is a story report in USO site Cilic, Gulbis New Young Guns Out Of Eastern Europe (http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/articles/2008-08-27/200808271219895716656.html?promo=top)

ClubFed
08-30-2008, 01:06 AM
Sadly, I only saw Marin for one out of the 5 days that I was there. And when I saw his match, it was only for half an hour, as Ernests was spotted practicing on court 12 and I ran there :lol:

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b238/CSI3Snickers/Days%201-3/IMG_0819.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b238/CSI3Snickers/Days%201-3/IMG_0820.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b238/CSI3Snickers/Days%201-3/IMG_0821.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b238/CSI3Snickers/Days%201-3/IMG_0822.jpg

ClubFed
08-30-2008, 01:08 AM
More....

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b238/CSI3Snickers/Days%201-3/IMG_0823.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b238/CSI3Snickers/Days%201-3/IMG_0824.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b238/CSI3Snickers/Days%201-3/IMG_0825.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b238/CSI3Snickers/Days%201-3/IMG_0826.jpg

Pepi.
08-30-2008, 01:44 AM
thanks :D

cc2monac
08-30-2008, 09:44 AM
thx for all the nice pix! they are great (okay, the model helps to make them wonderful!)

linus
08-30-2008, 12:30 PM
Sadly, I only saw Marin for one out of the 5 days that I was there. And when I saw his match, it was only for half an hour, as Ernests was spotted practicing on court 12 and I ran there :lol:
Thanks you so much dear :hug: Marin pls pls turn wider :aplot:

linus
08-30-2008, 12:34 PM
a report on the match vs Ginepri from USO site Cilic Ousts American Ginepri in Second Round (http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/match_reports/2008-08-29/200808291220048762380.html)

http://www.usopen.org/images/pics/large/b_0829_048_celic.jpg

Sexysova
08-31-2008, 08:24 PM
US Open R2 - Marin Cilic def. Robby Ginepri

http://www.atptennis.com/5/photos/headshots/main/C977_AS.jpghttp://www.atptennis.com/5/photos/headshots/main/G569_AS.jpg

LAST GAMES: http://forum.vaidisova-nicole.com/viewtopic.php?f=41&t=4429&p=7558#p7558

Sexysova
09-03-2008, 03:32 PM
US Open R3 - Novak Djokovic vs Marin Cilic

http://www.atptennis.com/5/photos/headshots/main/D643_AS.jpghttp://www.atptennis.com/5/photos/headshots/main/C977_AS.jpg

MATCH: http://forum.vaidisova-nicole.com/viewtopic.php?f=41&t=4429&p=7639#p7639

loz161
09-06-2008, 10:14 AM
under the spotlight (http://www.atptennis.com/en/multimedia/default_video.asp?videoid=757)

nice lil video on marin

ForgetFan
09-16-2008, 07:39 PM
Marin is out of DC.
Some problem with the face muscle. I do not know the exact english word.


Protiv Brazila bez Marina Čilića

Izbornik Goran Prpić ne može računati na Marina Čilića koji će na preporuku liječnika zbog upale živca na licu morati mirovati tjedan dana. Nakon pretraga koje su obavljene u Zadru liječnik reprezentacije dr. Srđan Matijašević je rekao:

- Marin je podvrgnut magnetskoj rezonanci mozga. Radi se o parezi lijevog ličnog živca lica, koja u slučaju bilo kakve fizičke aktivnosti može prijeći u paralizu. Razlog može biti upala zbog izloženosti vjetru, ali se može raditi i o virusnoj upali. Nakon konzultacije s ORL specijalistom i neurologom izričito se zahtijeva mirovanje, bez fizičkih aktivnosti i bilo kakvih treninga sljedećih šest do sedam dana. Marin je podvrgnut konzervativnoj terapiji (lijekovi protiv edema živca, B vitamin i antivirusnoj terapiji), te procedurama fizikalne medicine (osobito gimnastika lica i mehanička zaštita oka te protuupalne kapi).

Marin nije skrivao razočarenje što neće biti u mogućnosti pomoći kolegama iz reprezentacije te je izjavio:

- Prvi simptomi su se pojavili u ponedjeljak, kad mi je počelo suziti oko. Kako se u utorak ujutro ništa nije promijenilo, a imao sam teškoće s vidom, s liječnikom reprezentacije dr. Matijaševićem otišao sam na specijalistički pregled. Liječnik mi je rekao da bi se u slučaju većeg fizičkog napora živac mogao upaliti do korijena, što bi stvorilo mnogo veće probleme, čak i paralizu lica. (ts)

oranges
09-16-2008, 10:13 PM
I think it's inflammation of face nerves. In any case, he is not to engage in any physical activity for a week, which means Beijing is out too. :sad:

neenah
09-17-2008, 10:22 PM
How awful. :sad:

ClubFed
09-18-2008, 01:17 AM
Marin :hug: Get well soon :awww:

*Raine
09-18-2008, 02:49 AM
I'm hoping for a fast recovery... get well soon Marin. :hug:

Pepi.
09-19-2008, 11:28 PM
get well soon :hug:

I miss Marin :sad:

Kalusi
10-13-2008, 10:43 PM
Anyone knows anything about the injury? Is it completley healed?

oranges
10-13-2008, 11:10 PM
It seems so, he looked fine today, just a bit rusty. I doubt he would be in Madrid if it wasn't, he skipped Vienna even though he started training lightly already.

Sexysova
10-14-2008, 12:03 PM
Madrid R1 - Marin Cilic vs Olivier Rochus

http://www.atptennis.com/5/photos/headshots/main/C977_AS.jpghttp://www.atptennis.com/5/photos/headshots/main/R397_AS.jpg

MATCH: http://forum.vaidisova-nicole.com/viewtopic.php?f=41&t=4452&p=7920#p7920

oranges
10-14-2008, 12:08 PM
Starting now against Nando. Good luck Marin.

oranges
10-14-2008, 12:09 PM
Madrid R1 - Marin Cilic vs Olivier Rochus

http://www.atptennis.com/5/photos/headshots/main/C977_AS.jpghttp://www.atptennis.com/5/photos/headshots/main/R397_AS.jpg

MATCH: http://forum.vaidisova-nicole.com/viewtopic.php?f=41&t=4452&p=7920#p7920

I can't thank you enough for all the uploads :worship::smooch:

Sexysova
10-14-2008, 07:19 PM
Madrid R2 - Marin Cilic vs Fernando Verdasco

http://www.atptennis.com/5/photos/headshots/main/C977_AS.jpghttp://www.atptennis.com/5/photos/headshots/main/V306_AS.jpg

MATCH: http://forum.vaidisova-nicole.com/viewtopic.php?f=41&t=4452&p=7926#p7926

pookykiki
10-29-2008, 04:32 PM
If you haven't seen it yet there is a video of Marin visiting Paris on the atp website! Cute

e_pig
11-05-2008, 07:19 PM
Čilić: Imam jaku volju da još više napredujem
Marin Čilić ovih se dana intenzivno odmara u svom rodnom Međugorju. Uz obilazak rodbine i prijatelja, najčešće skokne do Širokog Brijega i teniskih terena u Sportsko-rekreacijskom centru Đulić na kojima je i sam mnogo puta trenirao.
Međutim, ovih dana više je dolazio sa svojim bratom Milom koji također druguje s reketom i koji trenira na Teniskoj akademiji u Širokom Brijegu koju vode Romano Kristić i Tvrtko Bulić. Zasad najbolje plasirani hrvatski tenisač na ATP ljestvici (dvadeset i drugi), vrlo je zanimljiv gdje god se pojavi. No, ipak i kada se želi odmoriti od svega, napornih putovanja, treninga, ima razumijevanja i svima se odaziva na razgovor.

- Još sam nekoliko dana na odmoru i u ponedjeljak odlazim u Zagreb i nastavljam pripreme za sljedeće nastupe, kazao je Marin Čilić.

Dvadesetogodišnjem Hercegovcu godi što je najbolji Hrvat na teniskim ljestvicama, ali skromno ističe:
- Važno je da smo svi mi dobro plasirani, a tko je najbolji među nama - Ljubičić, Ančić, Karlović ili netko drugi, to je u ovom trenutku manje važno. Ja se trudim da igram što bolje, treninzi me vesele i nisu naporni i nadam se, ako me zdravlje posluži kao i dosad, još boljim rezultatima.

Marin Čilić je prije pet godina na ovim istim terenima i na početku jedne karijere, zajedno sa Goranom Ivaniševićem na koncu velike karijere i umirovljenim kapetanom vatrenih Zvonimirom Bobanom, igrao humanitarni susret za pomoć izgradnji Kliničke bolnice Mostar. Na tim istim terenima Ivanišević je 1997. godine igrao humanitarni meč s Thomasom Musterom, a nakon četiri godine osvojio i Wimbledon.
http://sportal.vecernji.hr/vld/sportal/tenis/atp/3192270/

oranges
11-30-2008, 03:05 PM
http://www.jutarnji.hr/sport/tenis/clanak/art-2008,11,30,,142643.jl

- an interview on past season, plans for the future and comments on some players. I loved the journalist's comment that he's been meeting with PHM more than with his closest family members this year :lol: I can translate his answers and the gist of the questions if there are people who'd like to read it but can't.

Silence
12-02-2008, 05:07 PM
MARIN ČILIĆ Ove je godine skočio 48 pozicija na ATP listi i zaslužio status prvog hrvatskog reketa

Čilić: Želja je vrh, znam se nositi s pritiskom
Kako sam obilježio kraj sezone? Nisam se nagradio ničim posebnim, nisam nigdje otputovao. Malo smo proslavili doma u Međugorju, uz janjetinu na ražnju, okupila se najuža rodbina i to je otprilike to - reći će nam prvi hrvatski tenisač Marin Čilić iza kojeg ja najbolja godina karijere.
Mladi Međugorac (20) otvorio je 2008. sa 71. pozicije, a završava je na 23. mjestu. Da mu je, nakon osvojenog juniorskog Roland Garrosa u lipnju 2005. netko ponudio sadašnji status, Marin bi, priznaje, sve potpisao bez previše razmišljanja.

Ne bih ništa mijenjao
- Kako ne, mislim da danas mogu biti zadovoljan. U cijeloj ovoj priči ne bih mijenjao apsolutno ništa. Ima mnogo dobrih juniora koji se izgube na putu prema profesionalnom tenisu, sa mnom, na svu sreću, nije bio takav slučaj. Moja je karijera išla postupno, prvo sam postao europski viceprvak do 14 godina, pa zatim prvak do 16, te prvorangirani u svijetu do 18 godina. Zatim sam prošle godine napravio novi korak, osvojio dva Challengera dio i ušao među sto najboljih na ATP listi. Ove je godine stigao i prvi ATP naslov (New Haven nap.a.), te gotovo ulazak među 20 najboljih - reći će Marin. I dodati:

- Godina je bila dobra, no moglo je i bolje da u prvom dijelu godine nisam gotovo tri mjeseca imao problema s koljenom - tendinitis - što me je dosta smetalo u kretanju. A bio je tu i problem s ozljedom (upala ličnog živca) uoči Davisova kupa s Brazilcima što mi je također oduzelo par važnih tjedana - objašnjava naš tenisač koji je na kraju lako mogao biti i među 15 najboljih.

Nije mu puno nedostajalo. - Da sam dobio dva meča više - onaj protiv Clementa u Wimbledonu i protiv Simona u Torontu, vjerojatno bi dosta bilo drugačije. No, i ovako se ne bunim. Bodovi kroz godinu su mi dobro raspoređeni, ukoliko napravim neki dobar rezultat na Grand Slamu ili turniru iz Masters serije, već sam blizu TOP-u 10 - procjenjuje Marin.

Brett je genijalac
Brojni teniski stručnjaci u nadolazećoj 2009. godini predviđaju njegovu rezultatsku eksploziju, neki idu tako daleko da ga već vide na sljedećem skupu osmorice najboljih u Londonu.

- Očekivanja velika, no teško je u ovom trenutku govoriti o tome. Velika želja postoji, zna da sam sposoban za to. Da li mi sve to stvara pritisak? Stvara, no na mene pritisak djeluje pozitivno, ne predstavlja mi problem već me gura prema naprijed - uvjerava Čilić koji će na kraju posebno istaknuti svog trenera, teniskog gurua Boba Bretta.

- Čovjek je čisti genijalac, jako je unaprijedio moju igru. I dalje neće sa mnom putovati na sve turnire, ima obaveza u svojoj akademiji, no hoće na one najvažnije. Bit ćemo zajedno početkom godine u Australiji.

Prvi je igrač reprezentacije koja je ponovo u Svjetskoj skupini. No, zanimljivo da još nema ‘živu’ pobjedu u pojedinačnom susretu u Davisovu kupu.

- Eto, tako se jednostavno poklopilo. Imamo stvarno jako dobru ekipu i s kojom god svjetskom reprezentacijom igramo, imamo dobre izglede za uspjeh - zaključuje Marin.

http://sportal.vecernji.hr/vld/sportal/tenis/atp/3199930/index.do;jsessionid=5B39B93EBB0775C9F540B87CF8722A BE.1

Silence
12-02-2008, 07:49 PM
Marin's video interview )))
http://max.tportal.hr/subPage.aspx?videoId=7557

oranges
12-03-2008, 03:22 PM
^^ Nice interview, thanks. I almost never check t-portal, thinking it just carries the news/videos from others.
He's a smart and down-to-earth guy :hug:

Silence
12-06-2008, 06:52 PM
Cilic looking to end Murray-mania
Croatian Marin Cilic will try to blow Andy Murray's late-season surge off course with his booming serves when he plays the Scot on Thursday for a place in the quarter-finals of the Madrid Masters.

Fourth seed Murray needed five sets to beat the 1.98cm Croat in the Davis Cup a year ago, but since then the 20-year-old has leapt almost 100 places in the world rankings to 24, and said he has become a more assured, consistent player.

"I can get some points by attacking Murray, try and be aggressive and also maybe look for some opportunities. I know his first serve is pretty big but the second serve can be up and down," Cilic said a day after blasting Spain's Fernando Verdasco out of his hometown tournament.

"I notice that physically he is much better than when I was playing against him last year. He knows how to play everything, to attack, to come to the net. He can change his game, that makes him really tough to beat."

Murray, who lost in the US Open final to Roger Federer in September, is alert to the threat.

He said on Tuesday the fast courts and the thin air of the high Spanish capital ensured an even tougher test from the latest towering Croatian cut from the same mold as Goran Ivanisevic, Mario Ancic and Ivo Karlovic.

Cilic, from Mostar just across the Bosnian border but with a Croatian passport, put recent success down to consistency. "Things were working well in practice then I would have a problem putting it into a match. In the last two or three months I have been moved those things onto the court".

He has clearly built a head of steam as the season has progressed, beating Americans Andy Roddick in July and Mardy Fish at New Haven in August to clinch his maiden ATP title.
"Winning my first title helped me get more confidence. I'm on a good way with my game which helps me be a more relaxed. I don't have to have any doubts about what I'm doing."

And as for winning a Grand Slam one day? "Perhaps Wimbledon. I am working on that."

http://www.croatiantimes.com/index.php?id=1495

Silence
01-09-2009, 07:57 AM
Cilic: Nema previse respekta iz svlacionice

Marin Čilić, najbolji hrvatski i 23. tenisač svijeta, sljedećeg će tjedna u Chennaiju otvoriti svoju novu profesionalnu sezonu na Touru14:42 | 03.01.2009. | Piše: Vjekoslav

PaunPripremao sam se oko mjesec i pol za novu sezonu. Pola sam odradio u Zagrebu, pola u San Remu kod Boba Bretta. Zadovoljan sam s napravljenim, stvarno sam uživao u slobodnom vremenu bez turnira, a opet u teškom radu i pripremanju za novu sezonu, izjavio je Marin Čilić, najbolji hrvatski tenisač.
Novu godinu je dočekao u Indiji. U Chennaiju, gdje će od ponedjeljka startati na Touru.
- Božić sam proveo doma u Hercegovini s obitelji. Bilo je lijepo, ali kratko. Uživao sam - kazao je 20-godišnjak, trenutano 23. na ATP Touru.
Prošle godine je osvojio New Haven, skrenuo na sebe pozornost brojnih menadžera.
- Sa svojim dobrim rezultatima sam došao do pozicije na kojoj sam danas i mislim da mogu još napredovati i ii prema gore. I dalje ne osjećam neki preveliki respekt od igrača u svlačionici, ali sigurno je da im nije svejedno igrati sa mnom - rekao je tenisač koji je u karijeri zaradio 990.972 dolara.
U sijenju će braniti polufinale u Chennaiju i osminu finala Australian Opena.
- Nisam si postavljao nikakve ciljeve za siječanj. Teško je reći kako će se sve odvijati. Mogu reći da sam svjež i da sam se zaželio turnirskih mečeva - rekao je Međugorac.
2008. godini će probati ući u Top 10.
- Ne bih znao hoću li ući u Top 10 već u ovoj godini, ali sezona je duga i bit će prilika napraviti dobre rezultate. Bit ću najviše koncentriran na Grand Slamove - zaključio je Marin.

'Moramo dobiti Čile u Poreču'
Vjerujem da imamo dovoljno dobru reprezentaciju da se možemo svima suprostaviti. Nadam se pobjedi protiv Čilea u ožujku, želimo četvrtfinale Svjetske skupine, kazao je Marin Čilić.http://www.24sata.com/index.php?cmd=show_clanak&tekst_id=95852&_no_browse=1

Eden
01-19-2009, 06:48 PM
On The Rise... Marin Cilic

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Former World No. 2 Goran Ivanesevic predicts Marin Cilic will be a Top 10 player.

By JAMES BUDDELL

Published: January 16, 2009

Marin Cilic has built on an outstanding junior career to become Croatia’s highest-ranked player and one of the brightest young talents on the ATP World Tour circuit. His compatriots predict a Top 10 future, but Cilic is just happy to take his career one step at a time.

Politically repressed by the Communist regime of Josip Tito, the leader of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia from 1945-1980, residents of Medjugorje largely survived by raising livestock, growing tobacco and cultivating grapes for wine in the Mediterranean climate.

Zdenko Cilic was born and raised in Medjugorje, which literally means ‘between the mountains’. His parents owned a number of vineyards and grew tobacco, but the regime made for a difficult upbringing. So when he married a local girl, Koviljka, he was determined that his family would have all the opportunities that were denied him.

With the fall of Tito’s regime, the town of 3,500 residents gained international attention when six children claimed to have witnessed apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in June 1981. Thousands of people made pilgrimages to Medjugorje despite a silent battle between the Communists and Catholics that continued for a decade in the region, which ultimately stifled the development of much-needed infrastructure.

Zdenko worked hard during this period of economic and social instability. As his family grew, he ran a successful private business while Koviljka worked in a bank.

“My father was determined that my older brothers, Vinko, Goran, and I would get the opportunity to play sport, as he did not get any opportunities growing up,” explained Marin, the third of four boys, born in September 1988.

“The town had no tennis tradition prior to 1991, when the first tennis court was built. My friends and I were among the first to play on it.”

But any dreams of sporting glory were abruptly ended with the outbreak of the War in Bosnia and Herzegovina that was waged from March 1992 to November 1995. Medjugorje was miraculously protected from any damage during the war, although neighbouring villages were destroyed.

It was after this traumatic war that Cilic rekindled his passion for sport.

“Right from the beginning I had a talent for sport,” he said. “I would often play football or handball with my brothers and friends in the nearby area, but it wasn’t until my cousin Tanja visited Medjugorje from Germany in the summer at the age of seven that I started to play tennis.

“My first coach taught me the technique for tennis and I started to play three times a week. It wasn’t too long until I started winning a lot of the local tournaments.”

As his trophy cabinet expanded and word of his tennis prowess spread, so did Cilic’s need for specialist coaching and competition among better players in Zagreb.

Goran Ivanisevic, one of Croatia’s finest sportsmen, was asked to cast his eye over the young talent. The former World No. 2 and 2001 Wimbledon champion recalled the occasion, saying: “They brought me Marin when he was 13 and a half to see what I thought. I practised with him a lot and gave him advice. He is a great guy and a great player.”

Cilic remembers that “it was a huge honour to practise with Goran as he was a top player at that time and a national hero. His influence helped me realise how hard I needed to work. As a result, six months later, tennis became the No. 1 priority in my life.”

It was a tough decision for Cilic to leave his family and friends for Zagreb.

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Marin Cilic becomes the junior Roland Garros champion at 16 years of age.

“Although the city was close, I had to live with my godfather and his wife away from my family by the time I finished primary school, aged 14,” said Cilic. “It was a sensitive age so they were the biggest help for me as I felt I was at home. It wasn’t easy to live without my parents at that age but I learned some good things for life. If I would have stayed alone somewhere, I would have had a much tougher time to move up.”

Ivanisevic, who predicts Cilic “can be a future Top 10 player easily,” took the lean and lanky teenager under his wing and insisted Cilic visit Australian coach Bob Brett for two weeks during the summer of 2004 at the coaches San Remo tennis academy on the French-Italian border.

“At the time I was not physically strong, but I had pretty strong groundstrokes and most importantly, potential,” said Cilic. “Bob and I worked on everything and it made a big difference when I went to play junior matches. Since then I have split my time between Zagreb and the academy, when I am not competing.

Brett, who took charge of harnessing Boris Becker’s talents when the German was 19 and then did the same job with an even younger Ivanisevic, described his memories of that first meeting. “He was a very good 15 year old, who already had a great backhand,” he said. “He was able to move a player around the court and dictate points, but not with a lot of power. He already had a good understanding of the court.”

While Brett worked hard on Cilic’s technical development and as the intensity of their training increased, the pupil managed to find the time to finish high school. “I always went into school to take tests and exams between my training twice a day.”

By 2005 he was starting to make appearances at ATP World Tour Challenger tennis tournaments in Croatia. It was at a Zagreb Challenger that Ivan Ljubicic, a former World No. 3 and the inspirational leader of Croatia’s 2005 Davis Cup-winning team, first watched Cilic play. “He didn’t impress me much; in fact he played a very poor match [losing to Francisco Costa 6-4, 6-2],” remembers Ljubicic, who ended up winning the tournament. “But the week after, he won the junior Roland Garros title so he must have raised his game significantly. It was then that I realised that he could be very good if he could do play that way on a regular basis.”

Cilic went on to make his ATP World Tour debut as a wild card entry at Umag in July, where he lost to Kristof Vliegen 7-5, 6-2. “It was an amazing experience, but it made me realise that I needed a lot more experience to compete at that level every week.”

That year Cilic finished as the No. 2 junior behind Donald Young, having won four junior singles titles, including Roland Garros (d. van der Duim), with quarter-final exits at the other major championships. “During my junior career I was pretty relaxed,” reflected Cilic, “but I knew it was a completely different game to the senior game. You could win through to the quarter-finals or semi-finals of a junior Grand Slam before you got tested.”

When the time came to wave farewell to junior tennis and compete regularly on the ITF Futures circuit and ATP World Tour Challenger circuit, Cilic knew he would have to knuckle down if he were to succeed in the senior game.

“I know it can be difficult for some players to break through the Futures and Challengers circuit onto the main tour, but I always knew it would not be win, win, win like in the juniors,” he explained. “Some players can get a break down in a set and let their head drop, but through hard work I pushed through and raised my game to the next level. I always set myself realistic targets.

“I can’t deny there weren’t tough moments and weeks. You can’t win every first round match. Whereas older players can get negative and influence the mindset of younger players, when they are losing, I was fortunate that I was always with my coach and players of a similar age – such as Juan Marin del Potro, Ernests Gulbis and Robin Haase.”

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Marin Cilic gets off to a flying start in 2009 by winning the Chennai title.

Cilic finished his first professional season in 2005 at No. 660 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings. The 6’6” right-hander has since taken giant strides. At the end of 2006 he was ranked No. 173 and finished at No. 71 in 2007. By the start of the 2008 ATP World Tour tennis season he had every reason to feel he could make his mark and reach his first main tour final.

“I came into the Australian Open fresh and positive,” said Cilic. “I’d had a great off-season and I was determined to do well after a number of first round exits late 2007.”

“I played very well against [Nicolas] Almagro and [Jurgen] Melzer, so I was completely relaxed ahead of my third round match against [Fernando] Gonzalez. It was a very big win and proved to me that I could step up against the top players. Unfortunately, I was unable to continue in the same vein. My energy drained from me in the match against James Blake.

He went on to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon in July, which Cilic considered “my best tennis performance. Although I lost to Arnaud Clement, it was a good experience at what I consider the best Grand Slam championship.”

As the summer rolled on, Cilic’s results continued to improve, highlighted by quarter-final showings in Gstaad and the Masters 1000 tennis tournament in Toronto. With the Olympics Games in Beijing and an ATP World Tour 250 tennis tournament in New Haven next on his itinerary, Cilic was in high spirits.

“I had been preparing in Beijing for 10 days ahead of the Olympics Games but lost to Juan Monaco in the second round,” recalled Cilic. “So I went to New Haven, well prepared and fresh. But, I needed matches. I didn’t feel too well the first couple of days, but I received a bye into the second round where my opponent Viktor Troicki retired after the third game. Despite the lack of matches, it helped me to adjust my body clock.

“I found that I was hitting the ball well and as each round passed I began to enjoy the atmosphere. My family back home was following the live scores on the Internet – I know that’s very tough to just watch the numbers rolling – but they were able to watch my 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 final win over Mardy Fish on television. Before the season started my secret goal was to play at least one ATP World Tour final. It was a big accomplishment to capture my first title.”

Celebrations had to be put on hold until after the US Open, where he made a third round exit to Novak Djokovic, but even then his joy was limited. “Days after I returned from New York,” began Cilic, “I was struck down by a facial nerve injury to the left side of my face in mid-September, which meant I was unable to play Davis Cup. I could not practice at all for 15 days from September 15.

“My doctor gave me some tablets and told me that I must stay indoors and out of the wind. My confidence had been high, but the break allowed me to recuperate and eventually I got back in shape and started to work again. Once I was given the all-clear on October 1, I trained for 10 days before playing in Madrid. It wasn’t tough to get used to the pace of matches.”

Cilic’s season came to an end after a third round defeat at the hands of Roger Federer at an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tennis tournament in Paris. He took 10 days off before he started physical work with Ljubo Antekolovic in Zagreb and then he travelled to San Remo for a three-week stay with Brett, where the pair worked on Cilic’s all-round game and approach to the net.

“During the closed-season we made additions to his all-round game and worked on areas that will make a difference and compliment his strengths,” explained Brett. “I believe Marin is heading in the right direction and expect him to rank in the Top 10. To do that he will need more experience against the Top 5. He has had consistency of results over the past 12 months, but needs to continue to improve his performances in the major events.”

The hard graft during the off-season was rewarded right at the start of the 2009 ATP World Tour season, when Cilic clinched the second ATP World Tour title of his career at the Chennai Open. “Winning Chennai doesn’t change my plans for this year,” said Cilic. “It does bring me confidence that I can win a lot of matches in a row, which is important for the big tournaments – where I hope to play my best tennis... and in turn improve my ranking.”

Source: http://www.atpworldtour.com/5/en/deuce/january2009/cilic.asp

petar_pan
01-19-2009, 09:44 PM
Politically repressed by the Communist regime of Josip Tito, the leader of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia from 1945-1980, residents of Medjugorje largely survived by raising livestock, growing tobacco and cultivating grapes for wine in the Mediterranean climate.

druže tito kupit cu ti ficu a mercedes,a mercedes anti pavelicu lol.
oprostite,znam da nije ni mjesto ni vrijeme,i ne razmisljam tako,prije bi bilo da razmisljam obrnuto,ali jednostavno sam puko od smijeha.

petar_pan
01-19-2009, 09:55 PM
dobro sto se tice međugorja vjerovatno je crkva u pitanju.

petar_pan
01-19-2009, 09:57 PM
puko sam od smjeha jer mi je nevjerovatno da to znaju na atp stranicama,i da uopce idu to pisat.
bravo for article.

linus
01-21-2009, 02:29 AM
On The Rise... Marin Cilic
Thanks dear... I read it for one more time :cool:

Really happy to see Marin rising with years ongoing, I mean for me it is hard to express whats in the mind. Best wishes to cute Marin and my heart will go with him as usual :angel:

petar_pan
01-21-2009, 03:18 AM
pretty good start in the season 7-0 wow.

linus
01-21-2009, 03:42 AM
pretty good start in the season 7-0 wow.
Come on dear, the counting always makes me nervous :lol:

oranges
01-23-2009, 07:32 PM
Interview after the match with Ferrer
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2009-01-23/200901231232686424531.html

Q. Your thoughts on today's match?

MARIN CILIC: I would say that it was a good performance from me. At the beginning of the match he broke me like in the second game. That I think woke me up little bit, which was good for me. I reacted very well and broke him back again and I was in the game pretty good since that moment.

First set was up and down little bit. He had some chances. I had two breakpoints, 15‑40, 4‑All, something like that. Then he had Love‑30 on the 6‑5. Tiebreak was also going strange.

But eventually I won it. He made a few unforced errors there, gave me a little easier way to win that one. Like in the second and third, I played much better. I was moving very good, not missing too many returns, which was really good for me to make him play a lot, to give myself a lot of chances from the game to win some points from inside the court, too.

Q. Are you playing as well as you did last year when you made the fourth round?

MARIN CILIC: I mean, it's tough to compare this year and last year. I would say that this year's a little bit different. I played some other players. I think I have some more room to improve little bit more my game and to hit little bit ball better, sort of those things. Serve wasn't the best today, but I got away with it, mixing it up, serving in the crucial moments very good.

But I would say in the third set I was feeling very comfortable on my service games.

Q. What about the heat today?

MARIN CILIC: No, it was a little bit tough at the beginning of the match, because we started at 12:30, quarter to 1:00, and the sun was right on the toss. From one side, both of us, I think we couldn't see really the ball after the serve. That was little bit tough to serve with almost closed eyes.

Q. A very different atmosphere from the second round.

MARIN CILIC: Yeah, it was different. It was more calm. I mean, I had some Croatian fans, but it was more easygoing, good to play.

Q. What about the next round against Del Potro?

MARIN CILIC: I mean, obviously he's playing good. Winning in Auckland, coming in in good form, good shape. Saw a few points when he played the round before. I think he's playing very well.

I think he's gonna be tough opponent to beat.

Q. Did you play with him in juniors?

MARIN CILIC: We played long time ago. I'm not sure where was that. I think like when we were 15, 16. But it was like four or five years ago or something.

Q. Did you beat him?

MARIN CILIC: No, I think he won. We played twice. He won both. But that was once under‑14, once under‑16.

Q. A lot of people pick him and you as two of the players who they think are going to jump up in the next year or two. Is he someone that you judge your progress against?

MARIN CILIC: Not necessarily. I mean, of course, he had a really good end of last year. This year also he started very well.

But I think I have my own way little bit different than him. He jumped there earlier than me. But I think I'm gonna ‑‑ I have things to work on always, and I'm gonna have my chances to get to the top 10 for sure.

Q. David said after the match that he could see you being top 10, even a top‑5 player, sooner rather than later. Is that something you feel you have in you, or do you need to make your game a lot better before you can do that?

MARIN CILIC: I mean, I'm already like 20 in the ranking, so obviously one good tournament can push me to top 10. I think I'm in a good way with my progress and with my work. So I'll work, of course, hard as I can to get there.

Q. Do you see Del Potro as a long‑term rival, maybe a decade‑long rivalry between you and him?

MARIN CILIC: Yeah, for sure, I think he has a good all‑around game. Doesn't spend too much energy when he's playing. He has a huge serve, which helps him to win easier and comfortable with the points. So I think he's gonna be there, stick around in the future, too.

Q. Do you get a bit more of an edge because you're playing someone your own age, compared to Ferrer today?

MARIN CILIC: Not necessarily. You mean when I'm practicing?

Q. Just in the lead‑up playing another young man, 20 years of age.

MARIN CILIC: No, I'm always like looking my areas of the game which to work on, not necessarily to compare myself to the other ones.

petar_pan
01-23-2009, 07:46 PM
Q. A very different atmosphere from the second round.

lol.

petar_pan
01-23-2009, 07:51 PM
thanks for interview.
bravo cilic smart answers.

linus
01-24-2009, 01:23 AM
Thank you dear for posting this interview :D

Marin is as usual modest and honest :aplot: I like his attitude, kinda sincere, kinda serious :cool: still I remembered when Marin just entered the ATP Pro circle, was asked of Del Potro, the same, and Marin' answer was as kind :angel: yesterday I read the interview of Del Potro first, and it sounded they both are good guys :lol: well, try your best my cute Marin... wish them two to show up a wonderful match :rocker2:

bibatof
01-25-2009, 07:22 AM
thanks for the interview oranges ! and i comletly agree with you petar pan and linus ;)

oranges
02-03-2009, 12:33 AM
There's a video of the presser after the match with Clement at http://www.sportskenovosti.hr/index.php?cmd=show_clanak&clanak_id=8380, in Croatian though

Silence
02-03-2009, 05:45 AM
ornanges
thanks a lot.nice video)))

linus
02-03-2009, 09:12 AM
There's a video of the presser after the match with Clement at http://www.sportskenovosti.hr/index.php?cmd=show_clanak&clanak_id=8380, in Croatian though
thank you :hug: I've downloaded it :lol: his leisure outfit is very nice... of course, I mean on him :hearts:

loz161
02-06-2009, 05:47 PM
http://www.javno.tv/en/index.php?id=14662m47d3158

press with marin.. in croatian.. :)

Silence
02-13-2009, 11:39 AM
http://www.javno.tv/index.php?id=14833ieabeed77

Sexysova
02-23-2009, 07:56 PM
Dubai R1 - Marin Cilic vs. Janko Tipsarevic

http://www.atptennis.com/5/photos/headshots/main/C977_AS.jpg vs. http://www.atptennis.com/5/photos/headshots/main/T742_AS.jpg

MATCH: http://forum.vaidisova-nicole.com/viewtopic.php?f=80&t=4554&p=8859#p8859

Truc
05-28-2009, 08:51 PM
Tommy Robredo, Viktor & Marin taking a little test about France for a French newspaper: do you know French actors? French singers? French football players? The name of the French President? Do you speak French?
http://www.ouest-france.fr/actu/sportsDet_-Tennis.-Notre-video-sur-Roland-Garros-Connaissez-vous-la-France-_3638-949484_actu.Htm

laura-DSandMC
05-28-2009, 10:18 PM
thank you !!
He speaks good in French ;)

oranges
05-29-2009, 09:42 AM
Thanks Truc, the French is outstanding indeed :lol:

There's a nice and relatively lengthy interview with him on tennis channel, but I haven't been able to DL it and upload somewhere else, so those outside the US will need a prox y to see it.

Truc
05-29-2009, 02:32 PM
His pronunciation is very good in French, seriously, I noticed it too! Better than Robredo's, even though he obviously just knows a few words.

loz161
05-30-2009, 12:14 AM
marin on queens club 08 (http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/multimedia/default_video.asp?videoid=1250)

loz161
05-30-2009, 07:23 PM
one on one with marin cilic (http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/articles/2009-05-30/200905301243699783703.html)

Pepi.
05-30-2009, 09:32 PM
thank you :awww:

Sexysova
06-11-2009, 05:56 AM
Queens R2: Nicolas Mahut vs. Marin Cilic

http://www.atpworldtour.com/5/photos/headshots/main/M873_AS.jpg vs. http://www.atpworldtour.com/5/photos/headshots/main/C977_AS.jpg

MATCH: http://forum.vaidisova-nicole.com/viewtopic.php?f=80&t=5984&p=10963#p10963

Pepi.
06-24-2009, 09:28 AM
wpgUYHdxjPs

:hearts:

Pepi.
06-24-2009, 09:30 AM
JrZGEeMV3HQ

oranges
06-24-2009, 10:37 AM
wpgUYHdxjPs

:hearts:

:yeah: That's the one I saw on tennis channel, found its way to youtube

oranges
06-28-2009, 10:30 PM
Interview after the Haas match, there's a video of it at http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/interviews/2009-06-27/200906271246121082015.html?promo=personalization

Q. Were you very nervous this morning?

MARIN CILIC: I was a little bit. I can't say that I wasn't. It's my first occasion like this to continue the match in the fifth set in that kind of tight situation.

I was feeling well before the match. But when I stepped inside, when we started to play points, I was a little bit nervous. I think he dealt with it a little bit better and got an edge in the end.

Q. What did you do last night in order to try and relax?

MARIN CILIC: Nothing special. I was doing the same routine before. I slept well. I eat well. Everything was fine.

Q. Do you think that you've learnt a lot from this match for next year, and for the US Open you'll be more prepared if you get into these situations?

MARIN CILIC: Yeah, I mean, I would say also coming back from two sets to love and having that advantage in the fifth set with two times a break, also those two matchpoints, it is little bit disappointing that I lost and that I didn't win that in the end.

But I got to also be positive with myself that I had a lot of physical strength there, and I think also courage to come back with that adrenaline. I was really playing well from the third set on. As I felt like that on the court, he was a little bit lost, and I maybe needed just one or two points more in the decision moments and it would be over.

laura-DSandMC
06-30-2009, 10:37 AM
Best Cilic fan ever :hearts: :awww:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Mf35rsv92g

oranges
06-30-2009, 11:03 AM
:lol: She's adorable, totally into it.

Pepi.
07-07-2009, 07:16 PM
awwwwwwwww :awww:

Pepi.
07-13-2009, 05:34 PM
US ousted by Croatia in Davis Cup quarterfinals

POREC, Croatia (AP)—The United States was ousted from the Davis Cup, and left to wonder how it might have gone had Andy Roddick been around to pelt opponents with his laser serve.

James Blake was unable to keep the Americans alive in the quarterfinals Sunday, losing to Marin Cilic of Croatia 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 in the opening match of reverse singles.

Cilic’s victory on indoor clay put Croatia ahead 3-1 in the best-of-five format, sending the country to its first semifinal since winning the Davis Cup in 2005. The final score was 3-2 after American doubles specialist Bob Bryan beat Roko Karanusic 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (4) in the concluding match.

Roddick was unavailable because of a hip injury after losing a five-set final to Roger Federer at Wimbledon. That left Blake as the Americans’ No. 1 singles player.

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“It shows how important Andy is for the team,” Blake said. “Being on the No. 2 spot is less pressure than playing on the No. 1 spot.”

U.S. captain Patrick McEnroe acknowledged that without Roddick the Americans faced a “better team.”

“Cilic had a great match. I’m very impressed by his maturity,” McEnroe said. “His serve was definitely better than Blake’s today.”

The Americans, the 32-time champions, have lost all three meetings against Croatia in the Davis Cup, including defeats in 2003 and 2005. The U.S. won the competition two years ago and was bidding to reach the semifinals for the fourth straight year.

“I played well, trying to attack, but I missed too many opportunities,” Blake said. “That’s what happens when you play someone like Cilic.”

Croatia will play the Czech Republic at home in September. The Czechs beat Argentina 3-2 on Sunday.

“We have a great chance against the Czechs at home,” Cilic said. “It’s much better than playing Argentina away.”

Added McEnroe: “Croatia has a great chance in the semifinals, and if they get (Mario) Ancic and (Ivan) Ljubicic, they will be even a better team.”

Ancic missed the quarterfinals because of an illness, and Ljubicic had tentatively announced his retirement from the Croatian team.

In other quarterfinals, Spain advanced 3-2 at home against Germany and will meet Israel in the semifinals. Israel clinched its series against Russia on Saturday and completed a 4-1 victory Sunday.

Croatia took a 2-0 lead after Ivo Karlovic rallied past Blake and Cilic outlasted Mardy Fish in five sets in Friday’s opening singles. Twins Bob and Mike Bryan beat Croatia’s Roko Karanusic and Lovro Zovko in Saturday’s doubles.

Cilic started tentatively and had to save two break points in his first service game, but then broke Blake twice in the opening set. In the second set, Blake made repeated unforced errors on his backhand and double-faulted on Cilic’s set point.

Cilic then wasted five break points at 4-3 in the third and Blake broke for a 5-4 lead. But Cilic broke in the second game of the fourth and held on to win with a crosscourt forehand, prompting standing ovations from the boisterous crowd.

“I think I played a perfect match against Blake,” the 20-year-old Cilic said. “This is one of the most important victories in my career.”

Pepi.
07-13-2009, 05:43 PM
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Pepi.
07-13-2009, 05:51 PM
4QTfHvuhH7E

oranges
07-15-2009, 09:35 PM
http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Media/Videos/2008/11/Cilic-Tours-Paris.aspx

Video of Marin and his brother sightseeing in Paris. I stumbled upon it while checking out the new official ATP pics to see if most still look like mug shots, and they do :lol:

Pepi.
07-16-2009, 02:02 AM
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I dont understand :o

Pepi.
07-16-2009, 02:02 AM
:lol:
thanks for the video :yeah:

oranges
07-16-2009, 02:25 AM
Pepi, he says these QF matches were among the most important matches in his carer so far. Though Roddick was not there, it was not easy. It was fantastic from the beginning to the end, Karlovic managed to turn around the match from two sets down for the first time in his career. It all shows how important this tie was to all of us. It gives us great confidence for future tournaments and for the semis whit the Czechs.

On Friday, I was psychologically not at my best. Though I played poorly, I think I demonstrated good character and good physical fitness. It was much easier to play today (Sunday). I was much more relaxed, I felt the atmosphere from the beginning, the crowd carried me through the match. It was a great pleasure.

I know both Berdych and Stepanek, though I haven't played with Berdych so far. I played a very good match against Stepanek in Paris in 3rd round. It seemed to me that he can play better and is more dangerous on hardcourt. On clay, so-so. Berdych, on the other hand,can play excellent both on clay and indoors. We will see what the decision will be. We have to look at our qualities and what suits us too.

-junie-
07-16-2009, 11:20 PM
just saw this one yesterday. its an old interview with subs.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Fx-6mHRPoE

Pepi.
07-17-2009, 11:42 PM
Pepi, he says these QF matches were among the most important matches in his carer so far. Though Roddick was not there, it was not easy. It was fantastic from the beginning to the end, Karlovic managed to turn around the match from two sets down for the first time in his career. It all shows how important this tie was to all of us. It gives us great confidence for future tournaments and for the semis whit the Czechs.

On Friday, I was psychologically not at my best. Though I played poorly, I think I demonstrated good character and good physical fitness. It was much easier to play today (Sunday). I was much more relaxed, I felt the atmosphere from the beginning, the crowd carried me through the match. It was a great pleasure.

I know both Berdych and Stepanek, though I haven't played with Berdych so far. I played a very good match against Stepanek in Paris in 3rd round. It seemed to me that he can play better and is more dangerous on hardcourt. On clay, so-so. Berdych, on the other hand,can play excellent both on clay and indoors. We will see what the decision will be. We have to look at our qualities and what suits us too.

thanks oranges :)
its a really nice interview. I hope Croatia wins the DC :)
just a question, if Croatia and Spain play the DC final, will it be in Spain?

Pepi.
07-17-2009, 11:45 PM
just saw this one yesterday. its an old interview with subs.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Fx-6mHRPoE

thanks :D

oranges
07-18-2009, 11:41 AM
thanks oranges :)
its a really nice interview. I hope Croatia wins the DC :)
just a question, if Croatia and Spain play the DC final, will it be in Spain?

You're welcome.
It would be in Croatia :bounce::bounce::bounce: (Mario get well, Ljubo unretire pleeeease)

laura-DSandMC
07-19-2009, 07:53 PM
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1.54: Are they Cilic parents ? The man looks Goran and Vinko a lot ... :confused:

Pepi.
07-21-2009, 10:45 AM
You're welcome.
It would be in Croatia :bounce::bounce::bounce: (Mario get well, Ljubo unretire pleeeease)

damn, I wanted to go to the final (if the win the semis of course :p) :sobbing:
and I live in Spain so....:hysteric:
oh well, thats good I guess. I want Mario and Ivan to play!

TiggerAngel
07-29-2009, 07:19 AM
1.54: Are they Cilic parents ? The man looks Goran and Vinko a lot ... :confused:

That is not his mother, I have no idea about his father. His mother is a little bit thinner and darker. There was a picture of her in an article about him a while ago, I will see if I can find it.

Anya07
08-12-2009, 08:00 PM
Youzhny - Cilic Montreal 2009 1R

part 1 (http://uploadbox.com/files/eVCVaU4TAb)
part 2 (http://uploadbox.com/files/ZztacMJD4y)
part 3 (http://uploadbox.com/files/O4Wa1VjYWO)

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Duration: 02:35:03

Full match

Pepi.
09-09-2009, 01:02 PM
Tuesday, September 8, 2009

M. CILIC/A. Murray

7 5, 6 2, 6 2

An interview with: Marin Čilić


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Incredible result today taking out one of the hottest players from the summer season. You must feel tremendous about your accomplishment today.
MARIN CILIC: Yes, I mean, I'm feeling tremendously happy. Of course it's biggest result for me so far. And after reaching this four times last 16, was a little bit relief after I won it.
Now that I don't have this blockade in my head, I can look forward, and, of course, focus on the next matches.

Q. This is your first Grand Slam quarterfinal?
MARIN CILIC: Yes. Yes, it is.

Q. That's quite an accomplishment.
MARIN CILIC: Uh huh.

Q. You're facing now a player who I think you've played him in Australia, if I'm not mistaken.
MARIN CILIC: Yeah.

Q. He's been playing tremendous tennis. Your thoughts on a quarterfinal match coming up?
MARIN CILIC: Yeah, I mean, definitely he's a player to watch. I played him there in Australia, and I would say that he's -- maybe he's even here playing a little bit better on the US Open courts.
But definitely I think I have my chance. If I take positive things from today, I can put it in the next match, and, of course, take advantage like that.
I think he can play really well, but I think I have also some game that can hurt him.

Q. By blockade, do you mean the blockade in your head? Did that service break at the end of the first set to go to 6 5 get you over that?
MARIN CILIC: I mean, blockade was just in my head losing four times in last 16. So by getting into this match, wasn't also easy to prepare.
But I would say I was mentally really, really good out there on the court and mostly thinking about what I'm going to do next, so that was really positive.
What was the other question you asked?

Q. That service break to go to 6 5 in the first set, what did that mean to you there?
MARIN CILIC: Well, first set was up and down from both of us. He also had a breakpoint on 3 4, and I had breakpoint when he served an ace, so it was the game was I think we were both of us searching a little bit for the game to set up everything there.
When I hold my serve for 5 All, I think I relaxed a little more. I had little more confidence after that. He made few unforced errors, and played really bad game from that side with the wind.
So it was much easier for me to finish it off with the wind a little bit in my back.

Q. What happened the last two sets? What happened with your game? How did it click?
MARIN CILIC: I mean, I stay really focused on what I have to do, and I think the break in each of the last two sets helped a lot, as I was also putting a lot of I was putting him a lot of under pressure and serving good, I would say.
He was a little bit struggling to get on my serve to win few points in a row, so that was key thing for me. And of course definitely that I was playing from inside the court really good and moved him around and didn't rush too much.
When I had my chance, I was going for him. When I was in the tougher position I would stay in the rally pretty good. Physically wise I was feeling okay and moving pretty nice.

Q. Were you surprised that he wasn't more consistent? Because you've played him a bunch of times. You just hit steady. He made a lot of unforced errors.
MARIN CILIC: Yeah, well, it was a little bit windy from one side to another. It's tough to say, but definitely he made a lot of unforced errors, and that helped me a lot to be confident in my game and the tactics that I put out there. That was also very helpful.

Q. You beat him when he was a junior, and then you lost three times in a row as a pro. Does having a result as a junior mean something after many years?
MARIN CILIC: I'd say juniors were a very long time ago, and it's tough to judge for that result. I don't even think about it at all.
For the other one, for the other question, I think he won those first three matches that we played. Even though they were pretty close, I think I was also playing pretty good with him all the time.
Here I think I made this breakthrough, and now of course gives me more confidence when I'm going to play other guys, and that on Grand Slams I can go very far.

Q. Where were you when Goran won Wimbledon in '01?
MARIN CILIC: I was at home, of course, watching as every other Croatian on the TV. I mean, that was his fourth final, so it was history moment for everybody.

Q. You were not by chance at that wild parade when he came back and they were ripping off his clothes and trying to get souvenirs?
MARIN CILIC: No, I wasn't there. It was a little bit away from my home. I mean, didn't want to go there too much.
So I stayed at home and, of course, celebrated with everybody else.

Q. Can you describe what it was like being a Croatian tennis player, still pretty young, but you were a player at that point.
MARIN CILIC: Yeah.

Q. Thinking maybe it would be your turn one day?
MARIN CILIC: I mean, he is the one who brought tennis on a high level in Croatia, and everybody looked at him as a hero. Even from all the other athletes he was one guy who was most likeable with his personality and everything.
So for us I think younger ones was also big help money wise, and there was much more sponsors coming into the tennis, and also federation. So it was a big help for the young ones to come up.
And definitely, I mean, he also played with me when he was finishing his career. He helped me a lot, so he's a really nice guy.

Q. How did he help you?
MARIN CILIC: I mean, he was in 2002/2003 he was staying in Zagreb and practicing all the time with me when he was there. He connected me with his ex coach, Bob Brett, which I am here with. He was also a great help, otherwise I wouldn't be able to get in a connection with Bob.

Q. What makes Bob a great coach, do you think?
MARIN CILIC: I mean, he coached great players. He has a lot of experience, and he brought me this knowledge that helps me to understand much easier some things.
If I would be with somebody else who is not that experienced on Grand Slams level and top level, it would take me maybe a year or two more to get some things out of it. So I think I'm learning quickly.
And as my results show on the Grand Slams, it works pretty good. He knows a lot about tennis, and other things, too, so...

Q. Were you in Zagreb when Croatia beat the United States?
MARIN CILIC: Yeah. In 2003?

Q. Yeah.
MARIN CILIC: Yeah, I was there.

Q. And then you became part of beating the United States?
MARIN CILIC: Yeah. That's true, yeah.

Q. Those are highlights, I imagine, for your career.
MARIN CILIC: Yeah, I mean, definitely this victory over U.S. now in July at home, it's one of the greatest moments in my career. Playing for a nation, that brings much more than playing for yourself.
Of course, by that, I have much more knowledge in Croatia and much more people know me now. Of course, they're expecting like this next tie to also be good for us.

Q. Going to win the Cup?
MARIN CILIC: We'll see.

Q. Were you affected at all by the war when you were young?
MARIN CILIC: No.

Q. What were your feelings coming into the tournament? Your results were somewhat a bit up and down. How were you feeling confidence wise coming into the US Open?
MARIN CILIC: I was trying to get more matches on these three tournaments that I played in Washington and these two Masters Series.
First two I didn't play too well, but I would say in Cincinnati I played some good tennis. I lost there to David Ferrer. Coming here was maybe not easy, but maybe not the best preparation. I had a week of practice and got my thoughts a little bit back and worked pretty good, so I think that was good thing to do.

Q. But you also came back from two sets down against Levine. How did you turn that around?
MARIN CILIC: Me, I was feeling that physically I was able to sustain it for long period of time. First two sets, I didn't play too good. I was missing a lot. He's kind of player that he's pretty consistent from the back, but he doesn't have any big weapons. So he was more a matter of me putting my things together than something else.

Q. Are you working in San Remo or some other place?
MARIN CILIC: San Remo when I'm free, and sometimes in Zagreb.

Q. How much time would you say you're in Croatia?
MARIN CILIC: Sorry?

Q. How much time are you in Croatia every year? Few weeks, or more than that?
MARIN CILIC: Tough to say, because when I'm finishing the tournaments I go back there, and then depending. But I don't know, two months maybe.

Q. How would you describe the tennis in Croatia right now this year?
MARIN CILIC: Which part of tennis?

Q. When you were here four years ago, there was a whole bunch of boys with you from Croatia. What happened to them?
MARIN CILIC: I don't know. I mean, they got a little bit lost. It's never easy to -- you mean for young ones and juniors and everything from my generation?

Q. Yes. Your generation.
MARIN CILIC: I mean, it's tough, because this breakthrough from futures to challengers, this part takes a lot of energy and also takes a lot of work.
So I would say that in Croatia we don't have maybe some guys don't have a place where to practice and get some best advises. So it's tough to say, but it's more on every person how he deals with it.

Q. Did you call your family already?
MARIN CILIC: No.

Q. Do you speak fluent Italian?
MARIN CILIC: No.

Pepi.
09-09-2009, 01:06 PM
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Pepi.
09-09-2009, 01:07 PM
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Pepi.
09-09-2009, 01:07 PM
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Pepi.
09-11-2009, 09:58 AM
With expectations high, Del Potro knocks off Cilic
By Brian Cleary
Thursday, September 10, 2009

It was a quarterfinals showdown between two of the tallest top players, and the two youngest players left in this year's tournament. But while No. 6-seed Juan Martin Del Potro and No. 16-seed Marin Cilic seemed remarkably alike--both 20 years old, both 6-foot-6, both won two titles in 2009, those titles for both players each coming on their favorite surface, hard courts--what seems to separate them very distinctly is their own expectations.

In the previous round, Cilic had taken out the No. 2 seed, Andy Murray, to reach his first Grand Slam quarterfinal and was thrilled, talking about how he no longer has the “blockade in his head,’’ after having faltered in his previous four appearances in the round-of-16 at a major. Del Potro, on the other hand, who reached the last eight here in 2008 and the semis of the French Open in the spring, is looking for a little bit more. From the start of this tournament the Argentine has talked about wanting to prove himself against the game’s top players (Federer and Nadal) and he discusses his desire to reach the final here like it’s a fundamental need.

Del Potro fell behind early in this match. But he asserted himself, roaring back to take a match that started out as a nail-biter and turned into a rout for the Argentine, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-1.

“Was a good comeback, you know, the crowd cheering for me at 1‑3 in the second. I started to play better after that moment,” Del Potro said.

Del Potro next plays the winner of the Rafael Nadal-Fernando Gonzales match. He’s won both his matches against Nadal in 2009, both of which came on hard courts. He trails in their career head-to-head meetings 2-4. He also beat Gonzales in their last encounter but trails head-to-head 1-3.

For a set and a half, Cilic looked like he was going to be breaking through more than just a round-of-16 blockade. The big Croatian was serving at 1-2, 0-30, but then strung together four solid points, highlighted by an ace and a drop-volley winner, to hold. He broke Del Potro in the following game with a beautiful running forehand cross-court passing shot that seemed to surprise Del Potro, particularly since Del Potro had just ripped a forehand cross-court approach of his own that looked like a winner.

Del Potro picked up the pace of his shots immediately, but Cilic held his advantage through the set, revealing an all-court game that appeared the be the equal, or more, of his higher-ranked opponent. On his first set point, in a 20-shot rally of laser-like ground strokes, Cilic moved in and hit a swing volley from behind the service line to take over the net, forcing Del Potro into over-hitting a backhand long.

While it seemed to surprise the crowd that Cilic won the first set playing more aggressive than Del Potro, they seemed downright shocked when Cilic kept rolling at the start of the second set, breaking Del Potro in the first game and going up 2-0. At that point the New York fans started cheering for Del Potro, as if they were fearful of a one-sided affair.

The crowd needn’t have worried.

Del Potro has whipped himself into prime shape here in New York in what he calls his favorite Grand Slam. He was even impressive before he got here, having gone 9-1 in the summer hard court events, winning in Washington and reaching the final of the Canadian Open, beating in the latter Rafael Nadal and Andy Roddick.

"I like to play here in the U.S., and I like hard courts, I like this tournament, I like everything,'' Del Potro says characteristically forthright. "I work hard for this part of the year."

With the crowd cheering him on, Del Potro began to pick up his game, taking the ball earlier in the court. At the same time, Cilic’s game dropped noticeably. The Croatian gave back his early break with three forehand errors in the sixth game, and looking increasingly less precise, was broken in his next service game as well. With Del Potro serving at 5-3, 30-30, Cilic had Del Potro off the court and missed a backhand with a wide-open court, an error that seemed to signify that the Croatian was unsettled. Del Potro hit a service winner to take the second set 6-3.

With the match dead even, Del Potro seized control. With Cilic serving at 30-30 in the fist game of the third, Del Potro hit an overhead that clipped the net and popped up, allowing Cilic to come in. But, perfectly illustrating the two player's states of mind, Del Potro, reeling backward and on the defensive, managed to rip a backhand down the line to force Cilic into a volley error, and with the fans going wild, Del Potro, pumped his fist and danced toward the crowd, reminiscent of Jimmy Connors. Meanwhile, Cilic, impassive, seemed to wilt. Del Potro broke on the next point, and broke again in the fifth game to go up 4-1. Del Potro never looked back, winning eight of the last 10 games of the match, seeming to feed off the crowd’s energy.

Moving into his first U.S. Open semifinal, Del Potro looks confident and comfortable on the hunt for his first Grand Slam title. And what does he like most about New York?

"Everything,'' he says. "The stadium, the crowds, the people, the city. Everything. It's lovely."

Del Potro is the third Argentine to reach the semifinals here, after Guilermo Vilas in 1975-77, 1982, and David Nalbandian 2003.


Match Facts

- Del Potro is one of three players to have reached at least the quarterfinals of three Grand Slams this year, along with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.
- Cilic's previous best performance at a Grand Slam was reaching the round of 16. He lost in that round at the 2008 Australian Open and Wimbledon, and the 2009 Australian Open and Roland Garros.
- Cilic is just the second Croatian man in the Open era to reach the U.S. Open quarterfinals after Goran Ivanisevic, who reached the semis in 1996.
- This is the second time this year that all of the quarterfinalists at a Grand Slam have come from the top 16 seeds. It also happened in Australia. It's only the second time in the Open era that the U.S. Open quarterfinalists have all been seeded in the top 16.
- Del Potro has improved his year-end ranking for each of the past 5 years. He was the youngest player in the year-end Top 10 in 2008, youngest in the Top 50 in 2007, youngest in the Top 100 in 2006 and youngest in the Top 200 in 2005.

Pepi.
09-11-2009, 09:59 AM
http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/interviews/2009-09-10/200909101252626683500.html

Thursday, September 10, 2009

An interview with:

MARIN CILIC

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Can you tell us what happened at 3‑1 in the second set? Just seemed to fall apart. Was it him raising his game or your game falling down, or a little of both?

MARIN CILIC: Well, I mean, definitely he started to play much better and not giving me so many chances to dictate the game. He was not missing and also putting a lot of pressure on me, and then it was tough for me to hold that level of game all the time.

Then on the beginning of the match I was playing really good and moving him a lot around, and I found after the first set that it got a lot cooler and the court was a little bit hard to play on. The ball wasn't going through the court as much as it was in the beginning.

And then he was like all the time on top of me and not letting me to find any other solution to get back.

Q. I know it's very short after the match, and I'm sure you're feeling disappointment, but are you able to at least appreciate how far you got in this tournament?

MARIN CILIC: Yeah.

Q. It's only your second time here and you've accomplished what you've accomplished. Can you feel pretty good about the tournament in general?

MARIN CILIC: Of course. I mean, I'm feeling unbelievably happy that I got to this stage. I mean, before the tournament I wasn't in great situation with losing two first rounds and one second round in Cincinnati.

I mean, had good experience here, some great matches, one comeback after being two sets to love down, and beating Murray also. I think putting my game on another level now. Of course I have little more self‑belief that I can do well and that I'm also playing good tennis.

Q. Is there something that was working for you against Andy? I mean, different players, obviously. Do you feel you had something working for you when you played Andy that maybe wasn't there today?

MARIN CILIC: Yeah. I would say it was definitely different match, because with Andy he doesn't have as much power as Del Potro has, and it was a little bit hotter day that day and the ball was going through the court more and jumping much more.

So you didn't need ‑‑ I didn't need to force so much. Just to place the ball, and it would be enough. Weather today, you really needed to hit the ball to be able to get in some good position.

Q. What was the weather like that out there? It was windy. Was it affecting play today?

MARIN CILIC: Yeah, it was definitely, because I was struggling to find my rhythm with the serve and to hit my spots pretty good. From one side was blowing in the chest, from the other was going in the back.

It wasn't easy to find good rhythm, and definitely I was a little bit behind with that, than him.

Q. You played against Del Potro in Australia and play again today. What can you say about his game?

MARIN CILIC: Well, I mean, what I think he is good at is that over there and over here I was one set up and also playing I think first set and a half really good today. But he was able to stay with me and to play really consistent, and he started to play much better than on the beginning. So that's the good thing that he did today.

Q. So you did break through to best eight this time. To go to the next level, what do you think you need?

MARIN CILIC: Well, definitely more matches like this and to play against them much more, against these top guys. I think I need to also play ‑‑ from my perspective, I need to play also a lot of tennis on this high level to be able to sustain it for a longer period of time.

I mean, today I played first set and a half really good tennis, and then after I dropped it. So I have, I mean, a lot of work also to do on that.

Q. You said that you spend one week before in New York, and that you were talking to somebody or talking yourself into improving the game. Could you tell us more about it? Were you here by yourself practicing one week before the tournament, or was your coach here with you?

MARIN CILIC: Yeah, I was here with the coach.

Q. With your coach?

MARIN CILIC: Yeah. I mean, just is my usual routine before Grand Slams, having a little bit time off before the tournament, getting my mind ready for the start of the tournament, and that's it. Nothing special.

I had some good practices and prepared pretty good.

Q. I thought you said that the two of you had long talks, you know, where your game is at and how to improve it.

MARIN CILIC: Not necessarily. I didn't change anything in one week, so that was just getting myself into the rhythm and hitting a lot of balls and practicing good. So nothing in particular.

Q. Well, you played terrific game, not today because the weather was so awful.

MARIN CILIC: I was what?

Q. You played terrific tennis here, so I'm wondering what has changed.

MARIN CILIC: Nothing has changed. I mean, I played also good tennis before; just over here I put some things together better, and it was working good.

Sexysova
09-11-2009, 10:15 AM
US Open QF: Juan Martin Del Potro vs Marin Cilic

http://www.atpworldtour.com/~/media/A28BC3E675EC4A349EAC30952581359F.ashx?w=148&h=198 vs http://www.atpworldtour.com/~/media/D3C77AB1EDD14492B302856B78CA219C.ashx?w=148&h=198

MATCH: http://forum.vaidisova-nicole.com/viewtopic.php?f=80&t=7164&p=12465#p12465

-junie-
09-17-2009, 02:05 AM
Short Interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdFGtyMlxco
The same video is up at atpworldtour.com

minhee
10-12-2009, 06:58 AM
Short postmatch interview from the CO final:
(Marin's part is from 2:13):)
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belco
10-12-2009, 01:59 PM
Cilic vs Nadal match is up for download on TennisHaven =)

Cilic vs Djokovic to come in the next few hours. Both in english

linus
01-25-2010, 10:48 AM
Mark it here as well :)

2010.01.25 after AO R4 3-2 Del Potro

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article7000449.ece

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/multimedia/archive/00676/Cilic_676397a.jpg

Neil Harman's Net Post: Marin Cilic and Bob Brett - a force to be reckoned with

There were 354 points, all of them utterly absorbing before Marin Cilic defeated Juan Martin Del Potro, a result that has only added to the fascination of Andy Murray's section of the Australian Open draw this week.

Cilic, the conqueror of Murray in straight sets in last year's US Open, has announced himself as a grand slam contender in the mould of Goran Ivanisevic. Which is not unexpected considering it was Ivanisevic who sent Cilic to Bob Brett, his former coach, when he was 15 years old. Cilic stayed for a week the first time, he would stay forever now if he could.

Slowly but surely under the tutelage of Brett, the Australian once interviewed for the post of Director of Performance at the LTA but who felt the job's destiny had been decided before he had even arrived in London, Cilic has matured into a player rich in talent and of remarkable level-headedness for a 21-year-old. How he steadied his ship having lost the first and fourth sets to Del Potro, was inspirational. There are no Three Gorans here to write home about. Just one Marin.

Brett, who coached Ivanisevic through those times when he was regarded as a serial grand slam under-achiever, pins great faith in Cilic but does so in his usual understated manner. Not for Brett the desire for a headline, but only to do well by any player who wants to work with him. Look at Cilic against Del Potro and you understand what the partnership is all about.

Brett is unashamedly old school. He learned the art of man-management at the knee of Harry Hopman, the legendary Australian former Davis Cup captain who ran a regime in the 1950s and 60s that 'his' players still talk about in reverential tones. "There is no question about the influence of Hopman," Brett said. "I think it can well be summed up in the words of Kipling on Centre Court at Wimbledon about treating the twin imposters of triumph and disaster just the same.

"You cannot get too excited with the wins and equally, you should not get too despondent after the losses. It is about working out what is the next step forward in either case and trying to get better. It is about imagination, curiosity, and working hard. With Marin, as with any player I have worked with, you just try to add bits as you go along, but you need to right guy to work with. A coach cannot make a backhand passing shot at break point down, that is the player's task. I regard myself as very lucky."

Which, of course, is under-stating the job Brett has done. Not only does he still run an academy in San Remo, he is a consultant to Tennis Canada, helping to bring the best of their nation's youth to flower. What he might have done had he been granted the reins at the LTA, we shall never know.

"All credit has to go to Marin, though," he says. "He takes the information I feed to him and it is up to him to make something out of it. It is so important for a coach to be careful. You cannot change a player too quickly, it has to be done in small steps but, equally, there is only a certain window of opportunity available because it is very difficult to change a player once he has developed a certain style."

Whether or not he wins the Australian Open, the Net Post is as certain as he can be that Cilic will contest for the majors one day. His performance against Del Potro, especially in the fifth set after he had lost the fourth and the force appeared to be with the Argentine was exemplary. Brett didn't want to say as much, but he loved how his pupil responded. They are quite a pair.

linus
01-25-2010, 10:58 AM
a little interview video from ATPTOUR site, Marin looks calm :p and btw... right followed by some words from Del Potro, his gestures seem so funny, just like a boy who made wrong and was taken to his headmaster :lol:

http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Media/Videos/2010/01/Melbourne-2010-Sunday-Night-Highlights.aspx

tennizen
01-25-2010, 02:56 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/aus10/columns/story?columnist=ubha_ravi&id=4855696

"Definitely the win against Murray in New York was very good, and then against Davydenko, Nadal and Verdasco," Bob Brett, Cilic's venerable coach, said before practice Monday. "He's just become more aggressive. Now he's stronger, fitter, and he's able to sustain it for a longer period of time. Playing these guys more often, it's possible to learn."

Cilic certainly isn't averse to learning, added Brett, who has coached a few other Croats, including the zany Goran Ivanisevic and the intelligent Mario Ancic. Brett has also coached Boris Becker. Cilic and Brett have been together for almost six years.

"What is very good about him is that he's always ready for that something that needs to be changed and added to," Brett said. "He's very receptive and listens to my craziness. He's so committed to being good. He's a great athlete, he wants to be at the top, so he does everything that goes with that. He really has the passion."

linus
01-26-2010, 11:03 AM
''Cilic ready to come out of age'', one article written before the quaterfinals vs Roddick from AO offical site.

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/articles/2010-01-26/201001261264489755843.html

http://www.australianopen.com/images/pics/large/b_Cilic_24_03.jpg

Juan Martin del Potro broke out and won the 2009 US Open, but one of the up-and-comers he bested in New York, Croatian Marian Cilic, got a significant measure of revenge on him in Melbourne, chopping down the big Argentine in a marathon five-set win in the fourth round on Sunday.

While he’s not favored to win the title, it’s possible that Cilic could go the same way that del Potro did in New York and win his first major. At 198cm, he has the size and the power to hit through anyone. He has one of the cleanest and hardest-to-read backhands down the line on tour, has plenty of pop on his serve, can whale a forehand, and doesn’t mind closing out points at the net.

The 21-year-old could still put some more meat on his bones, but under the tutelage of Bob Brett, who coached Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic and is a disciple of the former Aussie Davis Cup coaching legend Harry Hopman, Cilic has filled out both physically and mentally.

“I think now I'm in a good position where I can look at myself, how I'm supposed to play,” Cilic said. “Definitely physical part is one thing that I improved a bit in this off‑season. So that helps to play these long matches in a more consistent way. And also from the first few rounds, I had tough opponents, tough matches. So it just shows me how well I can play also, how well I'm prepared.”

In 2004, Ivanisevic recommended that that the greenhorn Cilic go and work with Brett in San Remo, and although Cilic didn’t want to leave his friends and family in his hometown of Medjugorje, he knew he had little choice if he wanted to become a prime-time player.

“He was a very good 15-year-old who already had a great backhand,” said Brett, who also coached Wimbledon champion Boris Becker. “He was able to move a player around the court and dictate points, but not with a lot of power. He already had a good understanding of the court.”

While Brett was critical to Cilic’s development, so was his father, Zdenko, a hard worker who rarely had time for sports when was growing up.

“My father was determined that my older brothers, Vinko, Goran, and I would get the opportunity to play sport, as he did not get any opportunities growing up,” said Cilic, who began to play tennis at the age of seven. “The town had no tennis tradition prior to 1991, when the first tennis court was built. My friends and I were among the first to play on it.”

Ivanisevic has predicted great things for Cilic, saying he “can be a future top 10 player easily”. He’s been prescient, as Cilic is already ranked No. 14, and when he leaves Melbourne, might already have made that jump.

Last year, Cilic won a career-high 48 matches and captured two titles, Chennai and Zagreb, and he began this season by impressively repeating as the titlist in Chennai.

After upsetting Andy Murray but then falling to del Potro in New York last September, Cilic knew that he had to improve his conditioning and court stewardship. He needed five long sets to best Aussie teen Bernard Tomic in the second round, four sets to overcome 19th-seed Stan Wawrinka, and then five to outlast del Potro. He’s clearly coming of age.

“Everybody has his own way,” he said. “But since the US Open, I started to play much better. To win against better guys more often. Here, I had some tough matches in the first few rounds, and also that gave me a little more in one way that I was hitting a lot of balls. But also physically‑wise I was maybe a little bit skeptic what it was going to be. But [against del Potro] I felt really good physically, and that in the end was the main difference.”

Brett has cautioned Cilic not to get overly excited with his wins, and not feel too down after his losses. Becoming a great player is all about process, learning the ins and outs of the tour and your opponent’s tendencies, as well as your own strengths and weaknesses. Cilic has improved a ton, but he’s still three matches from his first major title. He’ll face the experienced Andy Roddick on Tuesday, a heck of a fighter who has reached the Australian Open semi-finals four times and sees a clear path to his first final.

If Cilic is going to take out the seventh seed, he had better be ready for a cage match, because Roddick relishes the battle.

“I believe I'm going to be ready. I'm coming with good background.” Cilic said.

“I played great matches, winning against del Potro also shows that I didn't go in that match, not to lose anything. I’ve come to quarters. Now I'm not going to let it go easy.”

linus
01-26-2010, 11:07 AM
"The stamina man", an article by Alix Ramsay after the quarterfinals over Roddick from AO site.

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/articles/2010-01-26/201001261264497949109.html

http://www.australianopen.com/images/pics/large/b_Cilic_26_09.jpg

Tennis Australia will have to dig deep into the coffers if Marin Cilic keeps on winning.

After he had survived yet another five-set epic, his third of the tournament, to beat Andy Roddick 7-6(4) 6-3 3-6 2-6 6-3, he shared his joy with the crowd by throwing his official Australian Open towels into the crowd. He threw handfuls of them away – and carefully handed one to a little girl who could not reach through the throng – and those things cost $55. He could break the bank if he reaches the final.

Cilic had good cause to be delighted. He had just survived an emotional roller-coaster of a match, one that, for two sets, he was winning with ease against an injured opponent, and then one that he almost let slip away from him for two sets as Roddick staged a remarkable comeback.

Roddick had first felt something untoward in his right shoulder in the fifth set of his previous match as he slugged it out with Fernando Gonzalez. When he went to serve or hit a high forehand, he felt a sharp pain, and after the first set against Cilic, he also had a tingling sensation down his arm and his fingertips felt numb. This was clearly not a good sign.

But Roddick is now one of the older generation on the tour, and as a veteran of 35 previous Grand Slam campaigns, he has a wealth of experience upon which to draw. Cilic, on the other hand, was playing only his second major quarter-final, and was sailing into uncharted waters. Roddick’s game plan was simple: hang in there as long as possible in the hope that Cilic may get tight. And, amazingly, it almost worked.

Throughout his career, various coaches have tried to find a way to harness Roddick’s power and fighting spirit – not to mention a serve and a forehand that could kill a yak at 100 paces – and turn it into a consistent championship-winning whole. Many coaches tried, but their suggestions only worked for a while before Roddick reverted to his old ways. And then along came Larry Stefanki.

Stefanki has managed to curb Roddick’s more wayward on-court habits and has instilled a new belief in his charge. From being on the verge of retirement 18 months ago, Roddick now plays with controlled aggression, has a variety of game plans and has re-established himself as a threat at the big tournaments.

But, bizarrely, it was reverting to type that kept the American in the match. Unable to hit with any topspin, Roddick was hitting flat and clattering it for a winner whenever the opportunity presented itself – and sometimes when it didn’t. It was the all-or-nothing tennis he used to play as a teenager, but for two sets it worked. The sight of Roddick, all 88kg of him, flinging himself at the ball frightened the living daylights out of Cilic as the third and fourth sets whistled by him.

By the fifth set, though, Cilic was trying simply to focus on the point in front of him. Once he got his first game on the scorecard, he relaxed a little, and then when Roddick made a couple of errors to drop his serve and go 3-1 down, Cilic could at last breathe easy. By that stage, Roddick could not feel two of the fingers on his right hand, which left him struggling to control every shot.

“I was playing pretty high‑risk and the ball was dropping in for a couple of sets,” Roddick said.

“Like I said, I even think I hit it pretty decent in the fifth. The two balls, the two forehands, that I missed to get broken were after I hit five or six balls pretty firm before that.

“It ended up, you know, working out for me okay from the baseline. I was just having to break too many times.”

For Cilic, he has a semi-final to ponder, while Roddick heads for the doctor’s office to find out exactly what is causing the pain in his shoulder.

“All signs at this point are good,” Roddick said. “Sounds like something, whether it was a nerve that was compressed or something, I don't know, cutting off something. But they don't think it's going to be anything too serious long‑term.

“I'm sure we'll take the proper precautions and check it out. But at this point, I'm not real, real scared about it.”

linus
01-26-2010, 11:12 AM
post-quarterfinals match interview: http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2010-01-26/201001261264498534593.html


Q. Your first Grand Slam semifinal. How did you get there? What was the key to the game?

MARIN CILIC: Today was not easy. I was also a little bit tired from the matches before. First set got a lot of energy out of me 'cause there was I think not only physical battle but also was mental, the battle, the first set, to gain the advantage. So that was most important to win for me.

And then later I started to get into the match a little bit easier. I was feeling a little bit better. But he started to play pretty good in the beginning of the third. Was putting a lot of pressure on me.

Then I got lost a bit. It wasn't easy to come back. I was having trouble with my serve. Wasn't putting enough first serves in. I had to work for every point. It was tough 'cause he started to play much better and closer to the baseline and making me run a lot. Then it wasn't easy to accept that.

So the fifth set was I think a little bit turned around for me when I saved those three breakpoints in the first game. It was a little bit of a relief. I just was thinking to play point by point, to try to stick with him, and I hopefully get my chance, which I did.


Q. Andy said as a 21‑year‑old he was impressed with your composure. Is that something you've worked on or are you naturally relaxed?

MARIN CILIC: No, not really that I particularly worked on that. I'm like that naturally. And definitely it helps me to think about things that I have to do on the court, not to be upset about myself or something like that. I think one positive area in my game.


Q. Does that composure help you through?

MARIN CILIC: Yes, I would say especially today where it would be easy to let it go after losing those two sets, third and fourth that easy, and it wasn't easy to come back in the fifth. And also, of course, in the first match with Tomic where we had a pretty big battle.


Q. Do you think it will also help when you come up to a semifinal?

MARIN CILIC: I'm not sure. In this case I'm not sure yet. I think it's the biggest thing that gonna be in there for me is to try to recover as much as I can and to try to be ready that I can play on my level.

I mean, composure is nothing comparing to physical ability.

Q. What were your thoughts when you could see Andy was suffering a little bit? What was going through your mind?

MARIN CILIC: Well, when I saw he took a medical, I didn't know what was it for. I didn't know what to expect. He was that second set a little bit down with his composure also. It seemed that he was letting it go a little bit easier than in the first set. I didn't know what to expect.

Third set was a bit of a surprise for me when he started to play a little bit better. I think he went for it little bit more and gave it a shot, which was obviously working for him and not for me.

Q. In the first game of the first(?fifth) set, most of us would have said, It's the end of the world. What do you do?

MARIN CILIC: I just think, Oh, man, put that first serve in. I think what I have to do that moment, I tried to pick a spot, pick a combination that I'm going to play, just not think about the score, try to do the best I can on my own side and that's it.

Q. Were you surprised you got out of it?

MARIN CILIC: I was a little bit surprised because he was breaking me pretty easily in those two sets. When I got out of it, I mean, I later started to serve even better. I was mentally fresher.


Q. Do you allow yourself to think about winning the tournament yet?

MARIN CILIC: No. No, I mean, I'm still far away from that. I mean, it's tough to think about that, especially in this case where I had three matches in five sets. It won't be easy.

Q. Why are you playing such good tennis?

MARIN CILIC: 'Cause I'm a good player (smiling).


Q. Why are you a good player?

MARIN CILIC: I know how to learn. I mean, what can I say?


Q. Have you been doing any extra work over the break leading into this year or...

MARIN CILIC: Nothing in particular. I was doing my own routine. Also wasn't easy 'cause we didn't have such a big break, especially for the guys who played the Masters. But, for example, I had four weeks of preparation, which is a little bit maybe short to get ready for the whole season. And I think I did well.

Also playing in Chennai helped me a little bit because also there it's tough and humid and not easy to play. So physically I think I was ready for every match here.


Q. You say you know how to learn. Is Bob Brett a good teacher?

MARIN CILIC: Yes, he's a very good teacher. I'm with him already several years, and he knows how I breathe, how I stand on the court, what things he could give me, which advices in which moment. So he knows me pretty well.

Obviously, he's very experienced. He helped me a lot in this Grand Slam level. Without him, the achievement would be very tough to get to.


Q. Do you have the game to take it to Murray or Nadal?

MARIN CILIC: I mean, I don't know. Today was tough match mentally. Like if I would compare it with the Del Potro match, I played way better. But it's not easy when you come into these stages of tournament where you didn't get to before too many times. It's not easy psychologically to be able to bring your best tennis when you need it.

But for Murray or Nadal, I mean, definitely whoever it's gonna be, it's gonna take also a lot of energy out of me. So we'll see how I'm gonna be able to survive.

Pepi.
01-26-2010, 12:34 PM
:awww: love it. thanks :D

erica
01-26-2010, 02:37 PM
Loving the part with "'Cause I'm a good player"! :D

TiggerAngel
01-27-2010, 03:03 PM
http://zh-hk.facebook.com/notes/head-tennis/life-on-tour-with-marin-cilic/130227448279

HEAD sat down with Marin Cilic to find out a little bit more about his interests, life on tour and his mom's home cooking. He also offered a few training tips for serious tennis players and told us why he plays with the YOUTEK Radical MP.

How would your friends or peers describe you?
I am not 100% sure but I believe they would say that I am quite calm, honest, always working hard and looking to improve in different things.

Was there a tennis player you idolized when you were a kid?
There was always someone who I liked to watch. In 90’s there was a great generation of players, and it was great time for tennis. As I'm a Croatian my idol was Goran Ivanisevic. He was a player that everyone liked to watch, especially because of his personality.

How do you spend the last 30 minutes right before a match?
Usually before the match I have little warm up. I do few exercises to get warm and then 10-15 minutes before the match, I try to find some space for myself where I can focus on the things I want to do during the match, and also to prepare mentally for that.

What does a typical day include for you? What is your schedule like from when you wake up in the morning and then go to sleep at night?
A typical day when I’m not playing in tournaments is that I like to have an early morning tennis session, after that a gym workout, break for lunch and some rest, then in the afternoon practice and then having the evening off. Depending on the location, I can add also little relaxation with friends in the evening.

What is the funniest/strangest thing you’ve seen happen at a tournament, either in the player’s lounge area or on court?
One of the strangest things that happened to me while playing a tennis match was in 2007 during Wimbledon. I played a match against Gilles Simon and after winning a 4th set to tie the score at two sets all, the sprinklers turned on accidentally and water was all over the court. We ended up changing courts, but when we started to play on the other court, it was humid and wet as it was covered right before we came on it. Again, we moved to another court and then finished our match there after almost a 20 minute break. Unfortunately I lost it. It was a little strange that something like that could happen at Wimbledon.

Life on tour is probably very demanding. What do you do when you aren’t playing or travelling to relax?
Life is not easy when you are on the road, the year is very long and you can’t be always in a good mood. A lot of times my brother is travelling with me so he keeps me company so we can go for a dinner, a drink in a city, cinema, play some golf, whatever is available. Most important is not to have your mind on tennis all day; you need some hobby for relaxation to keep your mind fresh for tennis.

What are your favorite things to eat while you are on the road?
I can’t live without meat, that’s the food I eat almost every day. I like to eat at Italian restaurants, their cuisine is very similar to Croatian cuisine. They have perfect food for athletes, a lot of pasta and also meat. But in the end, nothing compares to Mom’s cooking. Maybe during some tournaments she’ll be able to join.

What three training tips would you offer to someone wanting to improve their tennis game?
When I was younger and just starting to play futures tournaments, I worked much more on the tennis court to improve my endurance with intensity, using a lot of drills where you have to move. Working outside of the court on your physical ability can help you but not as much as on the tennis court. The other thing would be to strengthen your extensions of the court, your ability to control your body when you are out of balance. A workout with heavy weights in the gym helps you with that. And the third thing would be your will to be able to push yourself when it's really hard. In the end that makes a difference and makes your mind stronger so you know you are always ready to give more than 100%.

If you were not a professional tennis athlete, what profession do you think you would be in?
If I wasn’t playing tennis, I would definitely try to play some other sport, maybe basketball because of my height. If not, I would probably go to school and enjoy being home.

Why did you choose the HEAD YOUTEK Radical MP racquet as your weapon of choice?
The first time I played with my HEAD racquet I knew that was the one I liked. During the first tournament I played with it, I had a great result so I didnt have any doubts at all.

TiggerAngel
01-27-2010, 03:04 PM
http://gardencedi.wordpress.com/2010/01/09/questions-for-marin-cilic-in-which-ladies-love-him/

Questions for Marin Cilic: in which ladies love him.

Posted by: juniper on: January 9, 2010

* In: Marin Cilic
* Comment!

From ESPN Star

Marin Cilic: It is 1 am. And you want an interview at this hour?

Bhagya Ayyavoo: What better time for a fun interview?

Marin Cilic: Funny interview?

BA: Hajde Cilic! Why are your fans in Chennai cheering you that way?

MC: (Blushes) The ladies, the girls in Chennai love me. They like me because I have come here four times already. We have some kind of good relationship. They made a fan club (on Facebook) and they support me. So, I am being nice to them. That’s all.

BA: We asked some of these girls, as to why they like you so much. We also asked them to describe the reason in just one word. Can you guess what they said?

MC: What did they say?

BA: They called you, ‘CUTE’ (laughs).

MC: You think it’s funny? (Laughs and adds) I feel fine. I am nice to them. They’re nice to me.

BA: Do you have such a ladies’ fan base everywhere you go?

MC: I don’t know. May be, it depends (smiles).

BA: Last year, you downed two big fishes, Andy Murray at the US Open and Rafael Nadal in Beijing.

MC: Both were really important for me. The first one with Murray was a breakthrough for me. And later with that I had more confidence and played better after that. But looking at the shots and the game, it was better against Nadal. But with Murray it was more with the tactics. It wasn’t easy in the fourth round of the Grand Slam. Both wins were important. I won’t choose between those two.

BA: That’s ok. But, if you’re to choose a partner for mixed doubles, who would it be?

MC: I wouldn’t choose for mixed doubles. I don’t play like to play mixed doubles. I am fine. No, no mixed doubles for me!

BA: A lot of girls are going to be heartbroken to hear that.

MC: Sorry.

BA: We already know you favourite food and favourite colour from last year’s interview here..

MC: Interrupts and says, “I forgot. What’s my favourite colour?”

BA: Red is your favourite colour. That’s what you said last year. Have you changed your mind?

MC: Pointing out to his t-shirt says, “You see, it is still red”.

BA: And your favourite food is mommy’s food?

MC: Mom’s and Godmother’s food.

BA: Who’s your Godmother?

MC: She sometimes comes with me for some tournaments. Last year she was with me for Wimbledon and the US Open. And this year she’s going to be there for Australian Open. She’s going to give us company and cook us some home food.

BA: Wow that might make your appetite to upset top seeds bigger.

MC: Could be. I hope so.

BA: Which player you like playing the most?

MC: I have never lost against a few players. But it is tough for me to pick one. Top guys are always most interesting to play against.

BA: Who do you like playing the most, left-handers or right-handers and why?

MC: Right-handers because on the tour, most of the guys play right-handed and you’re so used to playing them. But, with left-handers it sometimes gets tricky because they play a different game.

BA: Who are your friends on tour?

MC: My brother. My brother Vinko is my biggest friend. Everybody else is on and off. Because everybody is alone, travelling with their groups. I stick along with a few Croatian players like (Ivan) Ljubicic. I also hang out with some younger players like Zverev.

BA: Are you superstitious, on court?

MC: No. I have my routine, just the things I do all the time. But, I wouldn’t call it superstitious that I ‘have’ to do it. It’s not like, if I don’t do it I am going to lose my mind or something.

BA: Tell us the craziest compliment you have received so far?

MC: I don’t remember. Yes, the compliment that I am ‘cute’(laughs).

BA: What was the harshest criticism? There must be something from the post-match press conferences.

MC: I can’t remember. I had some difficult losses last year. Those matches weren’t very easy. But, there were a couple where I didn’t play well. For example, Fognini (Fabio) Fognini in Monte Carlo and few other matches. There must have been something then, I don’t remember.

BA: What do you think of the media people who read up your stats and come up with intelligent questions during press conferences?

MC: It’s their job. I just answer.

BA: You were the first one to leave the players’ party last week. Is that the case at all parties that you attend on tour? How comfortable are you at parties, walking the ramp and stuff?

MC: Yes, maybe I was the first person to leave. That was Sunday and I was playing on Monday. Usually, I don’t do those things a day before my match. But, it was easy there at the hotel. It was quick, so I left early. I wasn’t comfortable so much. But that (fashion show) was fine.

BA: This is your fourth trip to India, have you visited other cities?

MC: No, never had a chance.

BA: Have you gone sightseeing in Chennai?

MC: No, not this year.

BA: Why not? Does it mean your focus is only on tennis and equalling Carlos Moya’s record back-to-back titles that happened way back in 2004-05.

MC: We will see. I am two matches away from it. Let’s see if I make it.

BA: If you make it, will you be interested to go sightseeing in Chennai?

MC: No, I will directly go to Melbourne.


Those girls are clever, he is cute! :)

TiggerAngel
01-27-2010, 03:07 PM
http://www.slobodnadalmacija.hr/Tenis/tabid/86/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/89386/Default.aspx

Translation by google translate.

Husband visionary Vicka: predicted I Čilićevo semifinal!

Teniske uspjehe Marina Čilića na Australian Openu u Melbourneu vjerno prate i međugorski fratri. Tennis success Marin Cilic at the Australian Open in Melbourne faithfully follow and Medjugorje Franciscans.

Hercegovačko mjesto živi ovih dana za mladića koji niže sjajne rezultate, a uzbuđenje pojačava činjenica što hrvatskog Davis Cup reprezentativca svi znaju kao mirnu i dragu osobu. Hercegovacko place live these days for young men who lower great results, and excitement reinforces the fact that Croatian Davis Cup national team everyone knows the quiet, and favorite people.

No, u Međugorju je bilo i uspješnih prognozera koje Marinov ulazak u polufinale nije nimalo iznenadio. However, in Medjugorje was also successful forecaster of Marinov enter the semifinals is no surprise.

„ Marin je draga osoba koja ima veliki dar i Bogu hvala na tom daru. "Marin is a dear person who has a great gift, and God thank you for this gift. Puno ga pozdravljamo i uz njega smo. Much greets him and with him we are. Također pozdravljamo njegovog brata Vinka koji doista mnogo doprinosi Marinovim uspjesima“ kazala je najpoznatija međugorska vidjelica Vicka Ivanković –Mijatović u svoje ime i ime supruga Marija. We also welcome his brother Vincent, who indeed many contributions Marinov successes, "said most of Medjugorje visionary Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic in his name and his wife Mary.

Naime, Marin Čilić i njegov brat Vinko su se prije odlaska u Chennai u jednom ležernom druženju našli su Vickom i njenim suprugom Marijom. In fact, Marin Cilic and his brother Vincent had before going to Chennai in a casual get-together they found Vick and her wife, Mary. Marijo je tada Marinu kazao „ Sretno i čujemo se nakon polufinala Australian opena“. Mary then Marino said, "Good luck and we hear after the semifinals Australian Open."

Marijo je, ispostavilo se , predvidio njegov najbolji rezultat karijere. Mary was, it turned out, predicted his best result of his career. I zato mu je u utorak odmah nakon pobjede na Roddickom posla poruku i čestitao mu na velikom uspjehu. And because he was on Tuesday immediately after winning Roddick sent the message, and congratulated him on the big success.

Međugorski župnik fra Petar Vlašić veliki je navijač Marina Čilića. Medjugorje priest Fr Peter Vlasic big fan Marin Cilic. I svi međugorski fratri redovito prate Marinove mečeve putem satelita i svi su njegovi veliki navijači… And all the Medjugorje Franciscans regularly monitored Marinove matches via satellite and all his great fans ...

„ Marin je pun snage, volje,htijenja, samopouzdanja, pun entuzijazma. "Marin is full of strength, will, aspirations, confidence, full of enthusiasm. On sebe ne hvali. He himself does not boast. On igra. He plays. Stalno to govorim on ide dalje. Constantly to say he goes on. Nema premca . There is no precedent. Neka bude prvi i neka ga Bog i Gospa pomognu.“ kazao je međugorski župnik o tenisaču koji čim dođe u Međugorje redovito ide u crkvu i na molitvu. Shall be first and let God and Our Lady help. "Said the pastor of Medjugorje on the tennis player who once came to Medjugorje regularly goes to church and to prayer.

U Međugorju se na svakom koraku priča samo o Marinovom velikom uspjehu. In Medjugorje, on every step of the story only Marinov great success. Mnogi Međugorčani su ugradili satelit samo zbog Marina kako bi ga mogli gledati. Many Međugorčani are built satellite only because of Marina that it might look. Čude se HRT-u kako ne prenosi ove Čilićeve mečeve u kojima uživa cijeli svijet. Wonder HRT that does not transmit this Cilic matches in which enjoys the whole world.

Obitelj Marina Čilića otac Zdenko, majka Koviljka , stric Jure, rođak Jure, brat Mile gledala je satelitski prijenos meča Čilić – Roddick putem Eurosporta u obiteljskoj kući na Krstinama u Međugorju. Family Marin Cilic father Zdenko mother Koviljka, Uncle George, a cousin of George, brother Mile watched the satellite data match Cilic - Roddick by Eurosport in the family home in Krstina in Medjugorje.

Drugi Marinov brat Goran izravni prijenos je gledao u Mostaru. Another Marinov brother Goran broadcast was watched in Mostar. Treći, Vinko, s Marinom je u Australiji. Third, Vinko, with a marina in Australia. Mile, najmlađi Marinov brat koji igra tenis i među dvadeset je tenisača u Hrvatskoj dobne skupine do 16 godina kaže kako je bio siguran u bratovu pobjedu. Mile, the youngest Marinov brother who plays tennis and the twenty players in Croatia age groups up to 16 years said he was confident in his brother's victory.

„ Marin je bio bolji i zasluženo je pobijedio“. "Marin was better and deserved the win." U kući je ostao čekajući Marinov poziv. The house is still waiting Marinov call. No, najprije mu se javio brat Vinko koji ima nadimak „Vinan“ i kazao: „Sve je super. But first he informed the brother of Vincent, who has the nickname "Vinanima and said:" Everything is great. Raspoloženje je odlično. The mood is great. Marin se osjeća izvrsno. Marin feels excellent. Idemo dalje“ Let's go further "

Inače, Mile ide u I razred srednje turističke škole. Otherwise, the Mile goes in and form secondary tourism school. Stric Jure puno ne priča, ali nam je kazao kako je bio jako uvjeren kako će Marin napraviti najveći uspjeh u karijeri pobijediti Amerikanca Roddicka. Uncle George a lot does not talk, but we said he was very confident that Marin make the greatest success in his career to beat American Roddick.

TiggerAngel
01-27-2010, 03:08 PM
There was another interview today with his mom about his win, but I cannot remember where. Has anyone else seen it?

TiggerAngel
01-27-2010, 03:52 PM
I found it. http://www.theage.com.au/sport/tennis/cilics-family-watching-and-hoping-20100127-mz18.html?skin=text-only

linus
01-28-2010, 01:29 AM
Thank you so much dear TiggerAngel, some of them I havent read :D while I am busy now that couldnt find enough time to enjoy them completely but I promise I will read them when I finish this day's school jobs for sure. Thank you again, some words from Marin have melt my heart and make me into big laugh already :lol:

oranges
01-28-2010, 01:51 PM
Post-match interview

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2010-01-28/201001281264682309609.html


Q. Your first Grand Slam semifinal didn't turn out like you would want, but what were your thoughts on the game generally?

MARIN CILIC: Well, I mean, in the end I'm, of course, a little bit sad because of the final result. But overall I played beginning of the match very good, and with that part I was really pleased.

I think I played some great points. I was standing on the court really good. I was playing some unbelievable points there. I think later when he got back into the game in the second set when he broke me, I think he got a little bit of the momentum going and wasn't easy after to get back into it.

I would say my first‑serve percentage was low, and I had to play a lot of rallies, which I didn't turn out playing as well as in the beginning where I was a little more fresher and a little closer to the ball. I was pushing him a little more and putting more pressure. Instead, he was doing that on me. It wasn't easy to get out of those kind of situations.

But I think he played well and he deserved to win.

Q. You played three five‑set matches. Did that make you a little tired?

MARIN CILIC: Well, I mean, I wouldn't put my tiredness an excuse for losing this match. I think he deserved to win. Any player who comes to the semis has its own way. And today I wouldn't say that I was a hundred percent, but I gave my best, and that's most important that I can say.

Q. What makes him such a tough opponent?

MARIN CILIC: Because he's adapting on each kind of game pretty good. He can read the game easy. He can serve well. Very good overall player and not easy to play, especially on the hard courts.

Definitely he came up with some great shots, especially when he broke me in the second set for 3‑2. He passed me when I lobbed him. I mean, his physical ability's really on top of the game.

Q. How do you rate his chances in the final?

MARIN CILIC: Well, it's tough to say from this perspective. But I think he has a pretty good chance. He's playing well, hitting the ball good. And I think he has a solid chance to make it.

Q. When he played that shot to break you in the second set, was that quite demoralizing, the way the crowd seemed to get into the match more after that?

MARIN CILIC: I mean, it wasn't demoralizing. He made it. I was just a little bit angry on myself because I had an easier shot when I played the backhand short cross‑court there. I had an open court. Just today on some shots I was making other decisions than I was making in the other matches when I was a little bit fresher.

In some points, especially in the fourth set where I lost my serve twice with 40‑15 up, those just kind of situations are critical in these kind of matches where it comes to one or two points which are just making big decisions.

Q. Did you surprise yourself making it to the semifinals here? Have you regarded yourself as someone capable of making the last four at Grand Slams?

MARIN CILIC: I wasn't thinking that I'm going to get this far. But I knew I played well in the beginning of the year. I was going through the draw very tough. Also in my second round I had tough five‑setter. Since that point to look at now where I made the semis, it's amazing experience and amazing result.

Just I think it's one big step forward for myself.

Q. By making the semifinal, you're in the top 10 now. What does that mean for the rest of the season?

MARIN CILIC: Well, I mean, my last year I was all the time around 14, 15 ranking. I was all the time circling around that numbers. This, of course, is in one perspective relief, but also in the other perspective gives me something more.

I know that I'm physically feeling good and I think this is a good base for my next Grand Slams in this year.

Q. This week everyone has been impressed by the way you played the big points. You never seem to look too worried out there. How have you learnt to be so composed at a young age?

MARIN CILIC: I'm like that naturally. I'm always pretty calm. But when you're on the court, you got to be able to think what you got to do, not to be angry about yourself. That's gonna always put you in a disadvantage.

I was doing that very good. That gave me, of course, some important points when I needed them.

Q. I know it's so soon straight after the match, but looking ahead at other majors now, looking back at the journeys you've had here, do you think you'll become a little bit more aggressive more often, hit the ball harder earlier in the points, if you can?

MARIN CILIC: Well, it was working good. I mean, it was working good for me here to play those five‑setters. I mean, it's a tough balance to find 'cause you got to ‑‑ I mean, you have your own game, and it's tough to change something, especially when you come to biggest tournaments there are. You always gonna stick to something that you are feeling good with.

It's not easy to change some things. But, of course, by playing more on this level that I played here, it's gonna help me to play against lower‑ranked players easier, and I'm gonna be able to get easier through the draw.

Q. Did you have somebody come up to you out of the stands and shake your hand?

MARIN CILIC: I think the fan got excited and he wanted to shake my hand, so... I gave him a present.

Q. What did you give him?

MARIN CILIC: Nothing. I shook his hand.

Q. He had a Croatian jumper on.

MARIN CILIC: Right, he was happy.

Pepi.
01-28-2010, 07:13 PM
:awww: thank you!
He is so cute indeed.

linus
02-02-2010, 02:20 AM
In the past two days, reading the posts by Tiggerangel here became my breakfast' coffee milk and happy pill into bed :lol:

How would your friends or peers describe you?

I am not 100% sure but I believe they would say that I am quite calm, honest, always working hard and looking to improve in different things.
Well, Marin is an easy man to read :p I will add something like "kinda shy" "kinda lovely" and so on :D I do love his characters, at such young age, not easy to show this kind of nice and graceful attitude to everyone. Even back to his seventeen, he was as kind as right now :angel: I still remember the stories told to me by some nice girls here, tho they are not active here at this moment :hug:

What does a typical day include for you? What is your schedule like from when you wake up in the morning and then go to sleep at night?

A typical day when I’m not playing in tournaments is that I like to have an early morning tennis session, after that a gym workout, break for lunch and some rest, then in the afternoon practice and then having the evening off. Depending on the location, I can add also little relaxation with friends in the evening.
Not surprised to hear that at all. To be a top tennis player is a tough job, and kinda boring(for life), far away from families and friends, changing locations every week, full of strangers around, even old faces who plays with you look strange, they are rather to be a plain sign :p Needing to manage yourself well. So I see the crazy fans turning firing, making their faces bright :worship: while eye back to the silent players' area, seeing how some of them change their faces to show rejections "No Way"... OMG, eyes often cheat us :lol:

Sometimes I read loneliness from the players' faces, I have to say, choosing to be a tennis player is much harder than entering a top school to be its top 10 :aplot:

BA: Who are your friends on tour?

MC: My brother. My brother Vinko is my biggest friend. Everybody else is on and off. Because everybody is alone, travelling with their groups. I stick along with a few Croatian players like (Ivan) Ljubicic. I also hang out with some younger players like Zverev.
This is my first to know of Zverev :p when Marin just entered the ATP circle, I remembered, if my memory wasnt worse, he said his friends are(were) Del Potro, Gulbis and Korolev :) I think that was because they often played together.

As for the favorite color, well, red, good choice :D

But on the questions of mixed doubles and Chennai sightseeing, OMG :rolls: Marin was too frank, even sounded tough :devil: he needs to find a graceful girl to train him to say some sweet words at the first touch :aplot: while I still love him :lol: plus the first party departure, what a guy, having a strong mind :p btw... for the fashion show, I had a picture in bag, errr, trying to find and post it later.

Again, thank you so much Tiggerangel, wish more to come here :hug:

linus
02-03-2010, 01:39 AM
Mark :)

http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=208829&stc=1&d=1265164616

http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=208830&stc=1&d=1265164616


"Cilic: I have reached Top 10 but I still have goals"
1.2.2010
ZAGREB - Start of the last season was great for Marin Cilic, as he won Zagreb and Chennai and reached 4th round of the Australian Open during the first 40 days of 2009. But this year might be even better! He won Chennai again and advanced to the semifinals of the Australian Open. It means that during this week he will be ranked as number 10 on ATP singles rankings, which is his best rankings ever.

"Season has started better then I expected. For the first time in my career I had to defend an ATP title in Chennai and pressure on me was higher than usual. I gained extra experiance at the Australian Open and I am more than satisfied with the level of my game. My tennis against Juan Martin del Potro and Andy Roddick was great. I opened a new window for the upcoming months and already have 1000 points", Cilic said in fron of the media in the tournament's press office on Monday.

Did you have enough time to rest and adjust to the different time zone?

"I arrived on Saturday and got some rest, but the most important thing was not to get lazy. It will be all under control on Wednesday."

How do you feel as member of the elite Top 10 club?

"Nothing has changed so far. I still want to advance, to play better, to learn something new during every practice session. By reaching Top 10 I took some pressure off my back but I still have goals."

You practiced with Goran Ivanisevic on Sunday. How was that arranged?

"We discussed that at the end of the last year. Goran said he wanted to help me and that's great. I really think that his experience will be of great help and that I will get some very useful advice to use in my game."

tennizen
02-03-2010, 02:10 AM
Thanks for the article:yeah:

TiggerAngel
02-03-2010, 08:18 AM
linus: You're welcome and I completely agree, Marin seems so open and frank. Nice boy. :) Also I found the answer about mixed doubles funny. He was polite about the girls but good that he made himself clear he he. Although maybe a little more tack was needed. :angel:

About the sweet girl to teach him to say nice things, he might well say very nice things to the sweet girl, :devil: but would you really want him to turn into one of those men who flirts with everyone?

tennizen
02-03-2010, 09:07 PM
Marin Cilic

Call him a player’s player. The quiet giant may not have a lot of marquee value, and he doesn’t own a stroke that I love to watch—his forehand is pretty loopy and busy, and seeing him reach up for a serve hurts my back—but he’s a walking lesson in how to handle your emotions on court. He tries his best, and if it doesn’t work he moves on. Maybe my new motto on court should be WWMD: What would Marin do? A


This was posted on Steve Tignor's blog.

http://tennisworld.typepad.com/thewrap/2010/02/the-rest-of-oz.html

watchdogfish
02-03-2010, 10:12 PM
Indeed, what would Marin do? :lol:
That should be our motto here too :p

oranges
02-03-2010, 10:29 PM
I agree that the FH isn't the smoothest looking around, but I like it nonetheless, well when he finds his range on it, otherwise I'm pulling my hair out :p The one thing that floors me every time is the one from the wrist. I'm off to see if I can find a clip of it, who wants to work anyway :crazy:

linus
02-05-2010, 03:41 AM
linus: You're welcome and I completely agree, Marin seems so open and frank. Nice boy. :) Also I found the answer about mixed doubles funny. He was polite about the girls but good that he made himself clear he he. Although maybe a little more tack was needed. :angel:
You are so kind my friend :hug: Totally agree with you about that "clear Marin" :)

About the sweet girl to teach him to say nice things, he might well say very nice things to the sweet girl, :devil: but would you really want him to turn into one of those men who flirts with everyone?
:lol: what you described makes me a little bit nervous. Of course I never wanted him to flirt around :devil: and he couldnt persude himself to do that either :lol: he will go to a more matural guy who knows how to make ppl feel good and keep self-honest. At some point he just put himself at the position of answering after answering.

BTW... some friends who met him live last year told to me again and again how he was nice to ppl who even werent his fans at all, how his brother Vinko arranged the gifts and Marin got used to depend on that, how he walked to practice alone which made my friends feel so lonely :lol: they meant his tall and thin back brought them into a groomy mood :hug: and etc, I couldnt list them all at once, next time :aplot:

linus
02-05-2010, 03:43 AM
This was posted on Steve Tignor's blog.

http://tennisworld.typepad.com/thewrap/2010/02/the-rest-of-oz.html
Thank you dear for sharing this, I like it :yeah:

I am sure Marin would show ppl more, improving on the road :cool: while I love the motto too :yeah:

WWMD :devil:

TiggerAngel
02-05-2010, 07:00 PM
You are so kind my friend :hug: Totally agree with you about that "clear Marin" :)


:lol: what you described makes me a little bit nervous. Of course I never wanted him to flirt around :devil: and he couldnt persude himself to do that either :lol: he will go to a more matural guy who knows how to make ppl feel good and keep self-honest. At some point he just put himself at the position of answering after answering.

BTW... some friends who met him live last year told to me again and again how he was nice to ppl who even werent his fans at all, how his brother Vinko arranged the gifts and Marin got used to depend on that, how he walked to practice alone which made my friends feel so lonely :lol: they meant his tall and thin back brought them into a groomy mood :hug: and etc, I couldnt list them all at once, next time :aplot:

No, I don't think that he could become that kind of man either. :) I just meant that maybe he was trying to be very clear or he just did not understand that the girls might have been upset that he does not like playing mixed doubles, as he has always said that he just doesn't like playing mixed doubles. :D

But you are right, maybe a female influence would have helped him give a more tactful answer. I am sure he would not have upset anyone on purpose.

That's really sweet, thank-you for telling us all. Lucky friends of yours.

linus
02-05-2010, 07:49 PM
My dear, I have to begin to like you :hug: coz you have the same virtue as Marin :angel: I understood you well, and I am kinda a funny girl, tend to imagine something crazy :lol: Those tough and at-first answers did make me wanna laugh every time I read them :lol:

And I liked your joke of flirting thing :aplot: funny :lol: so I went on it for some.

No, I don't think that he could become that kind of man either. :) I just meant that maybe he was trying to be very clear or he just did not understand that the girls might have been upset that he does not like playing mixed doubles, as he has always said that he just doesn't like playing mixed doubles. :D

But you are right, maybe a female influence would have helped him give a more tactful answer. I am sure he would not have upset anyone on purpose.

That's really sweet, thank-you for telling us all. Lucky friends of yours.

linus
02-07-2010, 01:52 PM
one article from ATP offcial site http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2010/02/Zagreb-Saturday-Cilic-Marches-Into-Final.aspx

Unstoppable Cilic Marches Into Final; Faces Berrer
Zagreb, Croatia
by ATP Staff | 06.02.2010

Defending champion Marin Cilic continued his impressive run of form as he marched into the PBZ Zagreb Indoors final by defeating third seed Jurgen Melzer 7-6(5), 6-4 Saturday in the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour 250 indoor hard-court tennis tournament.

Victory for Cilic avenged the defeat he suffered to Melzer in the final of the Bank Austria TennisTrophy last October and took him to a 14-1 mark on the season so far. The Croatian opened the year by defending his title at the Aircel Chennai Open (d. Wawrinka) before reaching his first Grand Slam semi-final at the Australian Open (l. to Murray).

The new World No. 10 – a career-high position for Cilic in the South African Airways 2010 ATP Rankings – went down a break at 3-4 in the first set against Melzer but immediately hit back to draw level and sealed the one-set lead in the subsequent tie-break. Cilic started strongly in the second set, breaking his Austrian opponent in the first game, and it proved to be enough for victory as he later served out the win to love after one hour and 49 minutes.

"Melzer was a really tough opponent, it took me a very long time to find the rhythm," admitted Cilic. "I was very often in tricky situations, 0/30 or 15/30, and it was not easy. Winning the first set was a big relief. And the second set was much, much better from my side. I would say that I served excellently in the second set."

The 21-year-old Cilic is through to his seventh ATP World Tour final (4-2 record) and will look to defend the title he claimed last year with victory over Mario Ancic in an all-Croatian final.

In the final, Cilic will face a first-time meeting with Michael Berrer, who defeated Philipp Petzschner 7-6(6), 7-5 in an all-German clash to reach his first ATP World Tour singles final.

The 29-year-old Berrer rallied from an early break deficit to win the first set on a tie-break, saving one set point at 5-6. He then broke serve in the 11th game of the second set before serving out victory after one hour and 46 minutes.

World No. 65 Berrer, who ousted the No. 5 (Tipsarevic) and No. 4 (Troicki) seeds en route to the semi-finals, improved to a 7-2 mark on the season. The left-hander reached the quarter-finals at the Aircel Chennai Open (l. to Wawrinka) in the first week of the season and is coming off a title win at the Heilbronn Challenger.

"I'm pleased with the past couple of months," said Berrer. "I've been working well with my new coach Claudio Pistolesi, we are a good team. He taught me to play more aggressively.

"[Cilic is] the favourite. I'll try to give my best. He has the pressure, playing at home. I had the same situation at a lower level last week [in Heilbronn]."

linus
02-08-2010, 12:57 PM
from ATP official site http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2010/02/Zagreb-Sunday-Cilic-Defends-Title.aspx

Cilic Battles To Title Defence

Zagreb, Croatia
by ATP Staff | 07.02.2010

http://www.atpworldtour.com/~/media/06D1B73CC7A5472B940E6B0C1D4F298F.ashx

New ATP World Tour No. 10 Marin Cilic came through a tough test to defend his title at the PBZ Zagreb Indoors, defeating first-time finalist Michael Berrer 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3 Sunday in the final of the ATP World Tour 250 indoor hard-court tennis tournament.

As winner, Cilic received 250 South African Airways 2010 ATP Ranking points and €68,450, while Berrer earned 150 Ranking points and €35,980 in prize money.

Cilic has started the 2010 season in red-hot form and improved to a 15-1 match record. The 21 year old opened the year by successfully defending his title at the Aircel Chennai Open (d. Wawrinka) before reaching his first Grand Slam semi-final at the Australian Open (l. to Murray). He subsequently rose to a career-high No. 10 in the South African Airways 2010 ATP Rankings.

“I would say this [title] is the [most] special one," said Cilic. "I did not have much time to adjust after the Australian Open; it was not easy to meet people's expectations. I am proud about what I've done.”

Victory marked Cilic’s fifth ATP World Tour title. The Monte-Carlo resident first triumphed at Pilot Pen Tennis (d. Fish) in New Haven in 2008 and has added to his tally with two wins apiece in Chennai and Zagreb in 2009 and 2010. The right-hander improved to a 5-2 record in ATP World Tour finals, with his two defeats coming last year at the China Open (d. Nadal, l. to Djokovic) in Beijing and the Bank Austria TennisTrophy (l. to Melzer) in Vienna.

Having come through his first four matches this week in straight sets, Cilic faced his toughest test yet in the final against the unseeded Berrer, who had accounted for No. 5 seed Janko Tipsarevic and No. 4 Viktor Troicki en route to the title match.

Cilic made a strong start to the pair’s first meeting, breaking serve in the fifth game before going on to close out a one-set lead. Neither player was able to break serve in the second set, although both had opportunities, and it was Berrer who stepped up in the resulting tie-break, racing to a 5-2 lead before levelling the match.

The top seed regained the momentum midway through the deciding set, though, breaking serve in the fourth game and saving two break points as he served out the hard-fought victory after two hours and 38 minutes. The Croatian was strong on serve, firing 13 aces and saving all six break points he faced.

“I was surprised with the level of his game," confessed Cilic. "It's not that I underestimated him; it's just that I did not expect this level of tennis in his first major final. There were no ups and downs in his game; I had to earn every point.

“I was not as fast today as I was in the previous rounds. I have played lot of matches this year, but it was also mentally tough. Now I can relax."

“I was sure that it would be a very, very tough match," said Berrer. "But I felt I had chances because with the way I play I can hurt players and I did today, but at the end he showed that he is a Top 10 player. There’s a difference in playing a guy like him than playing a guy outside the Top 20."

Cilic, who captured the title on home soil last year with victory over Mario Ancic in an all-Croatian final, improved to a 12-3 tournament record having won his past 10 matches in a row since suffering a second-round defeat to Simone Bolelli in 2008.

World No. 65 Berrer had advanced to his first ATP World Tour final without the loss of a set, but again failed to defeat one of the game’s elite, slipping to a 0-10 lifetime record against Top 10 players. The 29 year old dropped to a 7-3 record on the year, also highlighted by a quarter-final effort at the Aircel Chennai Open (l. to Wawrinka).

“If I can work on this level then I can get to a high ranking," said Berrer. "Now, I hope I’m in a good way but you have to be lucky to stay healthy and everything, but so far, so good. If I can go on playing like this then I think I can get in the area of the top players and that will be really a success for me."

linus
02-08-2010, 01:00 PM
Almost we all agree that Marin deserves to take a big relax, right? while for the words Marin said, some friend seemed to have different opinion, I read it on Yahoo site :aplot:


“Now I can relax,” Cilic said'

Don't get too relaxed. You are now one of the big boys. It's the price that you must pay. Relaxation at your level is an illusion. You have the game....keep it up!!

Congrats and stay thirsty my friend.

This guy is really lovely ;) and we can read out his care on Marin and Marin' tennis on court, so with so many supports from us, I believe Marin would have a better future while pls keep in good health, which means the only important thing to me :music:

oranges
02-08-2010, 01:47 PM
Thanks linus. I think our friend on yahoo is a tad too eager ;) It's definitely time to unwind and recharge batteries. He'll be back on court in no time.

In related news, Goran will be with him in Miami and IW :inlove:

BTW, I love the pandas in your avatar :hearts:

bibatof
02-12-2010, 03:27 PM
Inside the world of...Marin Cilic
World No.14 Marin Cilic will try to end the hopes of Australian young gun Bernard Tomic in the second round of Australian Open 2010 on Wednesday. Here, we ask him the tough questions.


If you were not a tennis player, what would you be?

You mean in the next life? A football player.

What music is on your iPod?
I don’t listen so much the iPod, but I listen to a mix, maybe hip hop and rock.

What is your favourite breakfast?
Bread with jam with and butter.

What is your favourite thing about the Australian Open?

A lot of people and a lot of different cultures mixed. A lot of fans!

What is your favourite movie?

Troy, Lord of the Rings and Braveheart.

What do you do to get away from tennis?
Sleep.

Do you have any lucky charms or superstitions?

Sometimes I use the same shower, but I don’t really believe in that stuff.

What website do you visit every day or keep updated with?

My mail and Croatian newspapers.

What’s your worst habit?

[thinking] My worst one … after practice, I like to sit on the court for another five or 10 minutes and pack up my stuff slowly. When I am travelling, I pack up quick.

Who would you most like to have over for dinner, dead or alive?

That’s a trick question! … Jessica Biel.



source : http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/articles/2010-01-20/20100120126396…

Nr 1 Fan
02-12-2010, 05:49 PM
Inside the world of...Marin Cilic
World No.14 Marin Cilic will try to end the hopes of Australian young gun Bernard Tomic in the second round of Australian Open 2010 on Wednesday. Here, we ask him the tough questions.


If you were not a tennis player, what would you be?

You mean in the next life? A football player.

What music is on your iPod?
I don’t listen so much the iPod, but I listen to a mix, maybe hip hop and rock.

What is your favourite breakfast?
Bread with jam with and butter.

What is your favourite thing about the Australian Open?

A lot of people and a lot of different cultures mixed. A lot of fans!

What is your favourite movie?

Troy, Lord of the Rings and Braveheart.

What do you do to get away from tennis?
Sleep.

Do you have any lucky charms or superstitions?

Sometimes I use the same shower, but I don’t really believe in that stuff.

What website do you visit every day or keep updated with?

My mail and Croatian newspapers.

What’s your worst habit?

[thinking] My worst one … after practice, I like to sit on the court for another five or 10 minutes and pack up my stuff slowly. When I am travelling, I pack up quick.

Who would you most like to have over for dinner, dead or alive?

That’s a trick question! … Jessica Biel.



source : http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/articles/2010-01-20/20100120126396…

Hip-hop, Marin, really? :rolleyes:

TiggerAngel
02-23-2010, 03:56 PM
http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2010/02/4th-Week/Dubai-Tuesday-Cilic-Makes-Impressive-Start.aspx

On the side, there is an interview with him. :)

linus
02-24-2010, 01:34 PM
Credits to tennizen http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=9659899&postcount=139

Some quotes from Marin in this article

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article7037647.ece

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/multimedia/archive/00688/Cilic_185x360_688593a.jpg


Coming man Marin Cilic targets major breakthrough
Barry Flatman, Sunday Times Tennis Correspondent in Dubai

Nobody could claim exclusivity when insisting Marin Cilic is the coming man of men’s tennis. The 21-year-old Croatian is the newest member of the world’s top ten, has won more matches than anyone else this year and collected two titles along the way.

Yet Cilic is probably best remembered as the fall guy when the most outlandish shot of the year flew past him and resulted in Andy Murray opening his mouth to previously uncharted levels. To refresh the memory of that Australian Open semi-final last month, Murray seemed to have lost out as Cilic skimmed the ball off the net cord, but the Scot chased the ball down, hared back to cover the subsequent lob, and spun round to hit a blistering forehand winner past his opponent at the net.

Anyone would have been crestfallen and Cilic has clear recall of both the shot and Murray’s expression of total elation. "It was a little disappointing to lose my serve like that and it’s never happened to me before that I’ve lost a point in that way,” said the player who dusted himself down smartly enough after his four-set demise and travelled home to Croatia where he collected the fifth title of his young career in Zagreb.

After beating Murray at last year’s US Open, Rafael Nadal a few weeks later in Beijing and ousting both Andy Roddick and Juan Martin del Potro in Melbourne, Cilic clearly has the credentials to unnerve the top players.

A year ago Cilic made another exemplary start to the year in the less prestigious ATP World Tour events only to lose his way as the spring took him first to the big American tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami before returning across the Atlantic to European clay.

This year he is confident things will be different and the force of his opening win in the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships seemed to back his optimism. “This year, I'm one year older and a little stronger, physically,” he said. “I’ve also been through some experiences in the last year that will help me.

“This year the realistic goal would be to reach the Masters (Barclays ATP World Tour Championships at London’s 02 Arena) at the end and I have a good chance. Without underestimating the other guys, I’my also going to try and prioritize my goals for the grand slams.”

Cilic made relatively straightforward work of the experienced Frenchman Arnaud Clement, winning 6-2, 6-4 in exactly an hour and half under a scaldingly hot early afternoon sun. In total 13 aces flew off the Croat’s racket and he won an impressive 81 per cent of points off his first serve.

A style reminiscent of his countryman Goran Ivanisevic who, in the absence of regular coach Bob Brett, stepped in as Cilic’s advisor throughout the Zagreb tournament. “It was good experience to work with Goran,” he said. “To be with him on the court is very special because at the beginning of my career, he was my idol.

“He asked if he could help and I said it was fine. When Goran was younger he experienced many things that I'm going through. But we did some specific work on my serve which is something he knows how to do very well. I believe I can get better.”

linus
02-24-2010, 01:48 PM
http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2010/02/4th-Week/Dubai-Tuesday-Cilic-Makes-Impressive-Start.aspx

On the side, there is an interview with him. :)
Thank you dear :hug: I am always thirsty for his live things :lol:

here the official site video link --> http://www.barclaysdubaitennischampionships.com/Multimedia/Video-Landing.aspx

so far there are two to do with Marin :D R1 post-match interview (http://www.barclaysdubaitennischampionships.com/Tennis/Media/Videos/2010/02/Dubai-2010-Tuesday-Cilic-Interview.aspx) + feature on Marin, Djokovic& Murray (http://www.barclaysdubaitennischampionships.com/Tennis/Media/Videos/2010/02/Dubai-2010-Sunday-All-Access-Feature.aspx)

linus
02-24-2010, 02:05 PM
Did anyone agree with me that Marin had some little cold from his voice in the interview video? :wavey:

http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=209216&stc=1&d=1267023879

BTW... the post-match interview transcript pdf here --> http://www.barclaysdubaitennischampionships.com/~/media/0FCC716C191946AFA97359900195E295.ashx


Q. Must be very happy with your serving today?

MARIN CILIC: Yeah, well, first set wasn't that great. I mean, I didn't have a big percentage on the first serve, but also he didn't push me to the limits as I was winning my service games pretty easily.

Then it wasn't easy also second set. He was little bit off and on, hitting some good balls but then also missing. It wasn't easy for me to get the rhythm. And then later I got a little bit he slowed me down with that, missing, hitting and these things. But I was pretty happy that I won that last game.


Q. Serving's always been a major part of your game. Did your new occasional coach teach you much about serving in Zagreb the other week?

MARIN CILIC: Yeah, I mean, we worked on that. It should help me. He, of course, he knows some things, and he always has some refreshment is always good to listen to some advice that he is giving me. Of course, it was very helpful, and I believe I can work on it. And in the long-term plan, I can get it better.


Q. Specifically on the serve?

MARIN CILIC: Yeah, well, most of the game. But the serve he has some good -- he had some good advices. And his serve was also really simple, and then he's making things really easy to learn.


Q. What sort of lessons did you learn from your experience of getting to the semifinal of the Australian Open? What have you taken from that?

MARIN CILIC: I don't know about lessons. Well, I think looking just globally in my game how I played there in some matches against the top guys, I think, helps me in understanding that I have to do those kind of things on a daily basis. I have to push myself all the time to do those things. Like last year, I was play a few tournaments good and I would like lose a little bit and then get it back. But I think looking in the future, I think those things when I play against those big guys, I have to play like that most of the time.


Q. Can you just explain how -- if you just cast your mind back to the Andy Murray match -- how did you feel when he hit that amazing shot that you lobbed him, he ran back. Can you just talk us through how you felt after that point?

MARIN CILIC: Well, I mean, for me it wasn't, of course, it was little bit disappointing to lose my service game like that. But I think it helped him more to get back rather than for me to be in a position that is not as good for me.

Later, I mean, he was serving pretty good. And one set all the game started to be different. I was not as sharp on the beginning, and the ball wasn't coming off my racquet as quick. And he had many more chances, obviously. Psychologically it was turned around.


Q. Did you think you'd won that point when you hit that lob so well?

MARIN CILIC: Oh, I didn't think about it. Of course, I mean it didn't happen in my career that I'm lose that kind of point before, but it's --


Q. It looked like you thought he was going to go crosscourt with it?

MARIN CILIC: Yeah, I mean I didn't think he was going to get it, so (smiling). That's the way it is. What can I say?


Q. Your next match?

MARIN CILIC: Yeah, I play Koubek. We playedonce in Davis Cup a few years ago, and we played later. But he won here a couple of matches in quallies. He can be dangerous. I have to focus on myself to serve good and to try to play as aggressive as I can. That's the way I have to play.


[I]Q. I think the weather is too hot for you, is it?

MARIN CILIC: Excuse me?


Q. Is it too hot?

MARIN CILIC: No, perfect. Perfect conditions. I like it. I like to play in the sun.


Q. You are playing next week Ecuador for the Davis Cup. Are you favorite for that match?

MARIN CILIC: Well, I mean looking on the paper, I think we have a solid team, also playing at home. But we can't underestimate your team, Ecuador. Of course I believe we are slight favorites, but has to be on the court. When the matches start you have to be ready to go.


Q. Do you know what surface?

MARIN CILIC: It's going to be indoors, hard court, indoors.

Really happy/funny that I guessed of his serve-trying things so right :aplot: these questions helped me a lot to unsertand more well :cool:

oranges
02-24-2010, 02:19 PM
Thanks everyone for the links and quotes :worship:

Regarding voice, it had that husky tone as if he has a cold, but it could be due something else. He looks sprightly.

linus
02-24-2010, 03:09 PM
Regarding voice, it had that husky tone as if he has a cold, but it could be due something else. He looks sprightly.
Perhaps you are right :) even it was close to the cold, I think it should be light. For many times I noticed Marin sneezed during the breaks of the matches, for the past two months this year, most of them happened in hot places so maybe it came from the climate/temperature/humidity.

This year so far Marin took care of his hair and shaving things more often :aplot: I like his clear spirit :D

TiggerAngel
02-25-2010, 11:20 AM
New video with Marin in. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eY9ptFBuUEA

Who is the girl at 0.28? I am sure that I have seen her before.

Anya07
02-27-2010, 11:18 PM
Cilic-Melzer.Dubai.2010.quarterfinal (8 parts)
was added HERE (http://uploadbox.com/box/dubai_2010)

Anya07
03-15-2010, 02:07 PM
Cilic-Garcia.Lopez.Indian.Wells.2010.2nd (6 parts)
was added HERE (http://uploadbox.com/box/indian_wells_2010)

oranges
03-15-2010, 03:27 PM
Cilic-Garcia.Lopez.Indian.Wells.2010.2nd (6 parts)
was added HERE (http://uploadbox.com/box/indian_wells_2010)

Thanks, though I doubt anyone here has a wish to see that one again ;)

TiggerAngel
03-24-2010, 02:33 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F53x2Jk9G5E

Yay, his Godmother is making sure that he has good food. I always worry that he is not eating enough.

Anya07
04-01-2010, 08:26 PM
Verdasco-Cilic.Miami.2010.4th.incomplete (4 parts)
was added HERE (http://uploadbox.com/box/miami_2010)

linus
04-05-2010, 12:55 PM
Verdasco-Cilic.Miami.2010.4th.incomplete (4 parts)
was added HERE (http://uploadbox.com/box/miami_2010)
Thank you dear, I will find free time to finish it :hug:

linus
04-05-2010, 01:01 PM
New video with Marin in. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eY9ptFBuUEA

Who is the girl at 0.28? I am sure that I have seen her before.
Is it you meant? I was not sure that much but... I guess she was there coz of Marin' brother?! :p

TiggerAngel
04-06-2010, 10:24 AM
Yep, that is the one. Nope, I am guessing that she is there because of Marin. :) It doesn't really matter either way I just saw her and thought "I am sure that I have seen her before" and was not sure if she was generally there and I am just unobservant or if she was someone famous or something.

Either that or he has a very young Godmother.

Anya07
04-21-2010, 06:46 PM
Cilic-Montanes.Monte-Carlo.2010.3rd (6 parts)
was added HERE (http://uploadbox.com/box/monte_carlo_2010)

Anya07
04-24-2010, 09:59 AM
Cilic-Andreev.Monte-Carlo.2010.2nd (10 parts)
was added HERE (http://uploadbox.com/box/monte_carlo_2010)

-junie-
05-04-2010, 03:18 AM
Marin interview here (http://www.bmwopen.de/news/interviews/interviews-detail/datum/2010/03/31/marin-cilic-erobert-miami-und-freut-sich-auf-die-bmw-open/index.html). The transcript is German but at the very end of the page, there's a link to the audio which is in English.

TiggerAngel
05-04-2010, 06:12 PM
Thank-you for the interview. His english is getting really good too. :)

linus
05-05-2010, 10:25 AM
Yep, that is the one. Nope, I am guessing that she is there because of Marin. :) It doesn't really matter either way I just saw her and thought "I am sure that I have seen her before" and was not sure if she was generally there and I am just unobservant or if she was someone famous or something.

Either that or he has a very young Godmother.
After reading your post, my friends tend to agree with you, Godmother, thanks God :angel:

linus
05-05-2010, 10:26 AM
Cilic-Montanes.Monte-Carlo.2010.3rd (6 parts)
was added HERE (http://uploadbox.com/box/monte_carlo_2010)
Thank you dear, I would ask my friends to find enough time to download them for me, missed some weeks' clay matches so far, except for the Rafa's live show :hug:

linus
05-05-2010, 10:27 AM
Marin interview here (http://www.bmwopen.de/news/interviews/interviews-detail/datum/2010/03/31/marin-cilic-erobert-miami-und-freut-sich-auf-die-bmw-open/index.html). The transcript is German but at the very end of the page, there's a link to the audio which is in English.
Thank you dear :hug: it sounds really fresh, and Marin did get improved at expressing himself :cool:

bibatof
05-16-2010, 11:16 AM
Cilic official website : http://www.marin-cilic.net/
:)

bibatof
05-23-2010, 08:52 PM
If Marin Cilic were a car…

If Marin Cilic were a car…
Marin Cilic, the No.1 Croat and No.12 in the world, is through to the second round after defeating Brazil’s Ricardo Mello. He was kind enough to answer our "if you were…" questions.

If you were a country?
Croatia. It’s my country but, more importantly, it’s a fantastic country and a great place to live. It’s mellow, and the people are nice and open. We also have the sea, mountains and lots of different things to see.

If you were a city?
Melbourne. It’s a great city, with a Mediterranean atmosphere. There is a lot to do and the people are relaxed. It is also a city that is on a human scale.

If you were a main course?
Filet mignon. Medium-rare, but not too rare.

If you were a film?
Braveheart! I like the story, the characters and the epic battles. It’s a wonderful film.

If you were a song?
Numb-Encore, by Jay Z and Linkin Park.

If you were an historic event?
The Olympics. I was lucky enough to be a member of Croatia’s 2008 team for the Beijing Olympics. For sports like athletics and swimming, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime competition.

If you were a car?
A Mercedes S50. A combination of power, speed and safety.

If you were a restaurant?
A steakhouse.

If you were a drink?
Coca Cola.

If you were a tournament?
One of the four Grand Slams.

If you had special powers?
I’d like to be able to fly.

If you were a gadget?
A BlackBerry.

If you were a football player?
Kaka, the Brazilian player. He’s my favourite player.

If you were a sport other than tennis?
Football.

If you were an airport?
Munich.

If you were a time of day?
8 a.m.

If you were a website?
Google.

If you were a place in Paris?
The Champs-Elysées.

If you were a French word?
Filet-mignon!

If you were a time in history?
The birth of Jesus.

If you were a romantic location?
A pretty island beach.

source : http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/articles/2010-05-23/201005231274627938959.html

-junie-
06-06-2010, 10:37 PM
June 6, 2010
‘Baby Goran’ ready to show he’s all grown up
Marin Cilic, the 21-year-old Croatian derided for being too nice, intends to fulfil his potential this year at Wimbledon

THREE months ago, Marin Cilic walked onto a golf driving range in California with his brother, Vinko, and his coach, Bob Brett.

Six weeks had passed since his defeat by Andy Murray in the semi-finals of the Australian Open. Three weeks had passed since his loss to Jurgen Melzer in the quarter-finals of the Barclays championships in Dubai. Three days had passed since his defeat by Guillermo Garcia-Lopez at Indian Wells. But nobody had seen him behave like this.

He snatched at the driver and whiffed another ball. “****! You cannot be serious!” shouted Cilic, the 21-year-old Croatian and world No 12, who has never been mistaken for John McEnroe.

“I’ve never heard anyone say a bad word about Marin,” says David Law, the media director of the Aegon championships at Queen’s. “He seems to be a really nice, straightforward, popular bloke. Some have said ‘too nice’ to win the big ones, but with his game, I doubt it. The fact that he is still working with Bob [Brett] tells me a lot. Bob is one of the great thinkers of the sport and I get the feeling that Marin and he are kindred spirits.”

Ivan Ljubicic, a former Davis Cup teammate, painted a similar portrait last year after Cilic thrashed Murray at the US Open. “Marin is our tactician, a very smart guy. Whenever I play one of the young guys on the tour, I ask for his advice and he really understands the game. He gives me great tips.”

We meet on a pleasant afternoon in Munich and I have asked Cilic to choose three sportsmen he might like to invite to dinner.

“Well, I’ve never really thought about that,” he says, “but I would probably choose guys who . . . Bob has been telling me about this Australian 1500m runner who never lost a race.”

“Herb Elliott?”

“Yeah, that’s him.”

“Why would you invite Elliott?”

“Well, Bob is always talking to me about life and how to improve, and to push yourself to be better. He had some great stories about him and how he never accepted defeat, and when you play an individual sport that is one of the most important things.”

“Who else?”

“Maybe Usain Bolt.”

“Why Bolt?”

“Because he is so superior in what he does and he is a similar height as me,” he says, laughing.

“Okay, one more.”

“Maybe Michael Jordan. I watched a lot of basketball when I was younger and he was one of the best athletes.”

I ask about those days when he was younger. We spend an hour chatting about his life and go our separate ways. Some 23 minutes later, he sends me an email . . .

Hi Paul, it’s Marin.

I was thinking about that question of three persons I would go to dinner with, and instead of Michael Jordan I would put Kaka, the soccer player. He is one of my favourite athletes in general and seems like a really nice and humble guy. Thanks a lot. It was nice talking to you.

If only they were all like him.

The third of four boys born to Zdenko and Koviljka Cilic, he was raised in the town of Medjugorje, in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and remembers a childhood traumatised not by war (the family moved to Croatia for a period during the conflict with Serbia), but by the agony of watching Goran Ivanisevic at Wimbledon.

Cilic was three when Ivanisevic lost the final to Andre Agassi in 1992, five when he was runner-up to Pete Sampras in 1994 and nine when he went down to the Pistol again in 1998.

“We watched all of his matches and when he lost in ’98 it was really sad,” he says.

“People got a bit cooled down from tennis after that, and when he won in 2001 it was just miraculous.”

Medjugorje was not averse to the odd miracle. There was the apparition of the Virgin Mary in 1981, the millions of pilgrims who flocked to its shrine, and there was the ramshackle tennis court where the new “Baby Goran” smashed his first ace and began to hone his skills.

At 14, he moved to a relative’s house in Zagreb to use better facilities, and within a year he was hitting with Ivanisevic, and working with Brett, whose former proteges include Ivanisevic, Boris Becker and Andre Medvedev.

“I was lucky to be able to stay in my godparents’ house,” Cilic says, “and that my father was able to finance me to go to some of the tournaments, but nobody ever pushed me to wake up in the morning or to be there on time. I was never late for practice. I wanted it for myself.”

In 2005, he served note of his talent by defeating the top seed Andy Murray en route to the French Open junior title and ended the season as the top-ranked junior in the world. A year later he posted his first ATP win, made his debut in the Davis Cup and had climbed into the top 175 of the ATP rankings. In 2007, he broke into the top 100 and defeated Tim Henman on his debut at Queen’s.

In 2008, he captured his first ATP title at New Haven, climbed to 22 in the rankings and was Croatia’s top player for the first time. He won twice in 2009, reached his first Grand Slam quarter-final at the US Open and cracked the top 20.

But the steps are getting harder now as he closes on the summit.

“Every practice counts, every ball counts, but it can be really tough to put it all together. A young player who is coming up can work on his backhand or the weak parts of his game, but when you get to the top, these things are sensitive to change and you can’t really experiment.

“To win a Grand Slam would be a great achievement, but I’m just trying to enjoy each time I’m on the court and to give 100%.”

In January, his composure and mental fortitude were highlighted in Melbourne when, after three five-set matches and one of four sets, he became the first Croatian man to reach the Australian Open semi-finals. His opponent, Andy Murray, was playing beautifully and had not dropped a set, and Cilic knew he had to strike early.

“I felt I could do it,” he says, “and did really well to push myself and get the psychological advantage [he won the first set 6-3] but in the second set it turned around a bit [he lost 6-4] and also in a mental way. When you are in front you breathe easier and each point pushes you along, but when it turns around it’s much harder, and I began to feel tired. If you are one step behind, those guys are merciless, they take everything, and it was really tough after that point to get back into it.”

“Do you like Murray?” I ask.

“I don’t have anything against him,” he says. “I get along with most of the guys. Everybody does what they think is best for them to win but outside of the court, everything is fine.”

“Who would you be closest to?” I press.

“We all hang around together but it’s very . . . [superficial],” he says. “We are not going to have dinner with each other.”

“And if you could?” I ask. “Who would you most like to sit down with? Which of your rivals’ brains would you most like to pick?”

“Federer, obviously, but I admire Nadal for his attitude and his discipline. I really like him in that sense as an athlete. He is really simple and always gives his best.”

I ask him how crushing it would be if he were never to win a slam, but the words have barely left my lips when I offer a retraction. The notion seems absurd.

“I don’t imagine you would feel crushed by anything,” I observe. “You seem far too balanced.”

“Balanced is good, but too balanced? Hmmm, maybe not,” he replies.

“You probably need a few demons,” I suggest.

“Yeah.”

“Perhaps you should play more golf.”

“That would do it,” he says, smiling.

Marin Cilic will compete against Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Andy Roddick in the AEGON championships at The Queen's Club, starting tomorrow. The tournament will be shown live, every day, on the BBC and Eurosport.

From:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article7144888.ece

oranges
06-06-2010, 11:27 PM
Thank Junie, nice article. It's funny they call him baby Goran, they couldn't be different both in personality and game. Besides, that was Mario's nickname when he started :p

daddy
06-14-2010, 11:56 AM
http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/guru-goran-gives-marin-cilic-game-for-grass-1999096.html

Guru Goran gives Marin Cilic game for grass

World No 12 is being mentored by boyhood idol Ivanisevic and, at 21, is set to come of age at Wimbledon.

By Paul Newman

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Plenty to Cro about: At 6ft 6in, Marin Cilic is two inches taller than Goran Ivanisevic, who says his fellow Croatian can make better use of his height

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Plenty to Cro about: At 6ft 6in, Marin Cilic is two inches taller than Goran Ivanisevic, who says his fellow Croatian can make better use of his height

He played the best tennis of his life at the Australian Open in January, has subsequently failed to recapture his best form and will prepare for the start of Wimbledon in eight days' time having lost last week in the third round at Queen's Club to a significantly lower-ranked opponent.

Marin Cilic, beaten at the Aegon Championships by Michael Llodra, has much in common with Andy Murray, whose defeat by Mardy Fish left the Scot searching for his first tournament victory of the year.

At least Cilic has won once since Australia, the 21-year-old Croatian having successfully defended his title in Zagreb the week after he lost to Murray in the semi-finals in Melbourne, which was his best Grand Slam performance to date. Like the world No 4, however, Cilic's subsequent results have been, at best, modest. In five Masters Series tournaments this year, he has failed to go beyond the last 16, which was the stage he reached at the French Open before losing in straight sets to Robin Soderling.

As he prepares for Wimbledon, nevertheless, Cilic can at least turn to a man who knows what it takes to win at the All England Club. Goran Ivanisevic, the Wimbledon champion in 2001, has been working on a part-time basis with his fellow countryman since the start of the year. "I've been in contact with him over the last couple of days and he's always there, available to help me," Cilic said in the wake of his defeat at Queen's Club.

Cilic, who is coached by Bob Brett at the Australian's academy in San Remo, is the youngest player in the world's top 100. If his form over the last four months has been moderate, he is still regarded as one of the game's outstanding prospects. The world No 12 has performed well on grass in the past and would love nothing better than to emulate the achievement of his boyhood idol.

When Ivanisevic beat Pat Rafter on "People's Monday" at Wimbledon, Cilic was just 12 years old. "I remember watching it on TV," he said. "I was at a summer tennis camp with 15 or 20 other kids. We made sure we finished our practice session in time so we could watch the final. The streets all over Croatia were empty that day. When he came back to Split after winning, 200,000 people came out to welcome him.

"He was the idol for me, as he was for any kid playing tennis in Croatia, and Wimbledon was always the tournament I grew up wanting to win. Goran made one semi at the US Open, but generally he never did as well elsewhere as he did at Wimbledon. When he was playing at Wimbledon his matches were always shown on TV. We didn't have any other guys as good as him, so Wimbledon was always the top of the mountain for me."

Cilic was 15 when he first met Ivanisevic. The former world No 2 was quickly impressed and recommended him to Brett, his former coach. They stayed in touch and at the end of last year Ivanisevic agreed to start working with Brett's protégé on an informal basis.

At 6ft 6in, Cilic is two inches taller than Ivanisevic, who believes his fellow countryman can make better use of his height advantage. "We've worked a lot on the first serve," Cilic said. "The fact that Goran speaks Croatian helps, but he can also see some things that others can't. He went through a lot of matches like I'm playing now. He knows what it feels like to be a player. He can pass on that experience to me. And of course he can be very direct in what he says, which is good when it comes to pointing me in the right way."

Modest, thoughtful and polite, Cilic thinks he has "a long way to go" before he wins a Grand Slam title. "I know now, from what happened to me in Australia, how much effort it took to get to the semi-finals," he said. "I would say that reaching the semis is only halfway towards winning a Grand Slam."

Although he grew up playing on clay and won the boys' title at Roland Garros, Cilic believes that grass suits his game better. On his first appearance at Queen's three years ago, he shocked Tim Henman in the first round and 12 months later he reached the last 16 at Wimbledon. Last year he went out in the third round to Tommy Haas after a five-set thriller that lasted nearly four-and-a-half hours.

How does he feel his Wimbledon preparations are going this year? "I have to say I'd be happier if I'd won a couple more matches, but this was my first tournament on grass this year," he said. "I'll stay in London until Wimbledon, so that will give me plenty of time to practise."

When Wimbledon is over, Cilic will have the chance to enjoy a rare return to his family's home in Medjugorje in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The small town might one day become famous for producing a Grand Slam champion, but for the moment it is best known as a place of pilgrimage. Medjugorje has attracted visitors – up to a million every year – ever since six Croatians in the town reported apparitions of the Virgin Mary in 1981.

Cilic, who was brought up in a church-going family, has met some of those who witnessed the apparitions and believes their stories. "Visitors are always going to their homes, asking them this and that, and they never turn people away," he said. "When you hear them talk you can sense that there is something inside driving them."

To Cilic, Medjugorje is a place with restorative powers. "My family all live in Medjugorje and when I need some time to rest, to get away from everything, I go there," he said. "I don't get there too often, but I try to go every three or four months. It's a quiet place and you find your peace there. It's a long way from the world of tennis, so it's a good place to recharge your batteries."

Fed_Ds
10-27-2010, 11:21 PM
Defending champ Melzer, Cilic into Vienna quarters



VIENNA – Defending champion Jurgen Melzer and Marin Cilic, last year's runner-up, reached the quarterfinals of the Bank Austria Trophy on Wednesday.

Melzer defeated Lukasz Kubot of Poland 7-6 (3), 7-6 (2), and Cilic beat Jan Hajek of the Czech Republic 7-6 (4), 6-2.

Melzer, the top seed at an ATP event for the first time, had an early break but then lost four consecutive games to fall behind 5-3. He saved a set point when Kubot served at 5-4, and took the opening set on his first chance in the tiebreaker.

Melzer built a 4-1 lead in the second set but again needed a tiebreaker, and converted his first match point when Kubot netted a return.

"It was far from easy as he took many risks," Melzer said of Kubot, who served 13 aces but also had nine double-faults. "I was more consistent and tried to stick to my own game."

Melzer, up to a career-high No. 12 in the world ranking, said winning the first set from 5-3 down was key.

"I was very glad to take that opener," the Austrian said. "From then on, I knew I had to rely on my own strengths."

Melzer next plays seventh-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber, who defeated fellow German Tobias Kamke 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.

Kohlschreiber, who is 3-0 against Melzer, reached the quarterfinals in Vienna for a third straight year.

The second-seeded Cilic struggled early against Hajek, who served for the opening set at 5-4.

"I broke him and from then on, I was fully focussed," Cilic said. "I served well in the tiebreaker and in the second set so winning wasn't a problem in the end."

Cilic closed out the victory on his third match point, reaching his eighth quarterfinal this season.

In first-round play, Bjorn Phau posted a 6-2, 6-4 win over fellow German Florian Mayer, who lost his third career final to Roger Federer in Stockholm on Sunday.

Phau next plays fourth-seeded Marcos Baghdatis, who had a bye in the first round.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101027/ap_on_sp_te_ga_su/ten_vienna_1

Keep going, Marin :)

16681
10-30-2010, 05:17 AM
Marin :sad:

Anya07
11-14-2010, 05:44 PM
Murray-Cilic.Paris.2010.3rd (11 parts)


was added HERE (http://uploadbox.com/box/paris_2010)

TiggerAngel
12-18-2010, 08:04 PM
http://www.vecernji.hr/scena/marin-cilic-njegova-djevojka-bozic-slave-medugorju-clanak-227872

Merry Christmas. :)

Fed_Ds
01-12-2011, 04:01 AM
MURRAY SET TO FACE CILIC

Andy Murray hopes to play an exhibition match against Marin Cilic at the Kooyong Classic in Melbourne on Thursday, if the weather allows him to complete his Australian Open build-up.

Six of the world's top 15 will head to the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club in Melbourne to continue the build-up to next week's Australian Open.

British number one Murray played a warm-up match at the venue last year before going all the way to the final at Melbourne Park, where he was denied a maiden Grand Slam success by Roger Federer.

Murray is following the same warm-up routine as 12 months ago having played in the Hopman Cup and then a tune-up contest with Cilic, who he beat in a tight semi-final at the Australian Open last year, providing the weather holds.

"He will play a match with Cilic at the end of the draw on Thursday, subject to weather conditions," tournament director Colin Stubs said.

Snubbing the ATP Tour events in the Hopman Cup saw Murray slip to fifth seed in Melbourne, but he was not concerned with the drop having been seeded fifth last year.

"I was seeded five for the Australian Open last year and managed to get to the final so I don't think it makes a big difference," Murray said.

Forecasted showers could interrupt Murray and the rest of the field's warm-up plans though, with the likes of champion Fernando Verdasco, Asutralian Open semi-finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and home hero Lleyton Hewitt all lining up in the draw.

"Everyone prepares differently," Hewitt said. "This is my first time at Kooyong, there's a lot of history about the place.

"I'll be excited to play on the court where a lot of my tennis idols growing up played during past Australian Opens."

Kooyong staged the Australian Open until two decades ago, and the venue provides players with matches on the same surface that is sued across the city at Melbourne Park for the big one next week.

"We are all trying to play the best tennis and get the best rhythm for the Open," said world number nine Verdasco. "It's the same for me. I want to get used to the conditions for next week. There is no extra pressure on me."

Everyone is trying to get the very best preparation for the Australian Open, with Federer practising in private but Gael Monfils, Mikhail Youzhny, Nikolay Davydenko and Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych playing in Kooyong.

"The season, it's already gone and then you're just starting and you just need to try to go step by step, not to be thinking too much," said 25-year-old Berdych.

"As all other guys just said, stay without any injury, stay and hopefully it's going to be a good season again."

Anya07
01-22-2011, 08:25 PM
Cilic-Young.Australian.Open.2011.1st (9 parts)

http://image2you.ru/allimages/2_image2you_ru_12803_51dd5_1295594085.jpg (http://image2you.ru/12803/316281/)
http://pic4you.ru/allimage/y2011/01-21/4463/630883-thumb.jpeg (http://pic4you.ru/4463/630883/)

was added HERE (http://uploadbox.com/box/australianopen2011)

Anya07
01-29-2011, 01:21 PM
Cilic-Isner.Australian.Open.2011.3rd.incomplete (8 parts)

http://image2you.ru/allimages/2_image2you_ru_12803_e5a72_1295858658.jpg (http://image2you.ru/12803/318068/)
http://pic4you.ru/allimage/y2011/01-24/4463/638388-thumb.jpeg (http://pic4you.ru/4463/638388/)

was added HERE (http://uploadbox.com/box/australianopen2011)

Fed_Ds
02-08-2011, 03:28 AM
Marin Cilic coasted through to the second round of the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam on Monday.

Cilic, ranked 28th in the world, eased through his clash with German qualifier Mischa Zverev 6-2 6-4 in 63 minutes.

The Croatian won over 80 percent of points on his serve and fired five aces on his way to a comfortable opening-round win.

"It was my first time here and I think I played extremely well," Cilic told ATPWorldTour.com.

"I am really happy with my game, especially with my serve which improved throughout the match. I didn't face any break points and that gave me confidence to go for my shots."

Cilic was pleased with the victory and is keen on impressing this week in Holland as he attempts to bounce back from his Australian Open exit.

"I reached the Australian Open fourth round, losing to (Rafael) Nadal. It was really important for myself to bounce back and win some tough matches for my confidence," he said.

"I look forward to this part of the year and I will try to get my good form back. I feel like I am playing well and want to get some wins."

:D Keep going

Fed_Ds
02-21-2011, 04:03 AM
Really proud of Marin for the great tennis he showed us this week. Sorry he couldn't win the final, but I hope he can take this confidence to other tournaments.
http://www.open13.fr/upload/actus-interviews-videos/soderling-est-le-king-209.jpg

"I had a great week. It's a big relief for me to have got to the final and to have played good tennis"

:D

AncicCilic
04-27-2011, 01:26 PM
ATP world tour uncovered interview:

http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Media/Videos/2011/Uncovered/Episode-16/ATP-Uncovered-S3-E16-Cilic.aspx

belco
08-31-2011, 02:10 AM
VIDEO: US.Open.2011.R1.Cilic.vs.Harrison.ENG.x264 (http://tennishaven.com/details.php?id=1689)

:)

AncicCilic
07-11-2012, 07:26 AM
http://www.jutarnji.hr/nisam-otvoren-poput-dokovica--ali-s--pr-agentom-moram-poraditi-na-imidzu/1040238/

Interesting article in one Croatian newspapers where it says that Marin will recruit a PR agent into his team because he is more mature now and realises that his image is important as well, and not just tennis.

He talks about how he thinks Federer is greatest of all time, but that Nadal is only 26 so he still has time to catch up.

Also, in the last part he mentions that he realises he needs to be more aggresive in game and mentions match against Murray where things were going well when he was aggresive, but after a few misses he stopped being aggresive and that cost him.

nolesfan2011
02-24-2013, 02:29 AM
Marin presser from Thursday night in Memphis (after his win over Sijsling) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEGdC0nONF4

Dead Net Cord
06-01-2013, 09:59 AM
Nice ride

ElNEoJg4oJE

SapELee
06-20-2013, 08:58 PM
DDbH9LAObbI

t5j3jtchP4M

Shak
06-22-2013, 11:26 AM
I managed to interview Marin this week. Nice guy!

If you're interested check out this link: http://www.livetennis.com/category/Livetennis-news/Live-Tennis-exclusive-Marin-Cilic-interview-201306200009/

I asked him a few questions about grass court tennis, Wimbledon and what it's like being back in London. Hope you find it interesting.

RU90
10-29-2013, 04:27 AM
Cilic: At Wimbledon, he says ITF put pressure on his lawyers for him to withdraw. And at the same time, he was told he wasn't allowed to talk about the positive test. Also says he had real knee problems (had to be treated shortly after).

About CAS decision, he says he's happy to see "there are still good people in this and that justice exists." Talks of a nightmare since start.

Says, "I don't wanna accuse anyone but I don't understand how we got to this point. I could have lost everything."

His team's take on case, which raises interesting questions (that CAS obviously took into account): he never was tested positive for nikethamide and no nikethamide was found in his body. All that was found was a metabolite of it, coming from the now infamous glucose tabs he said he took five days before Munich tournament. This metabolite is non-active. And the Nikethamide from which it comes is allowed out-of-competition.

Cilic's team doesn't get how ITF could say he was positive to this substance when he wasn't, and how he could be banned for a substance that is allowed out-of-competition, considering that he took it out-of-competition. The issue being the metabolite was still in his system (nanograms of it). For them it was a mistake by Marin, but it ended being blown out of proportion.

Cilic says he wants to forget all about it, and doesn't want to fight ITF to redress damages. He will work with Ivanisevic in main events of 2014. About Bercy and his 1st match: "I'm like an animal in a cage: I want to jump out. I know I haven't done anything wrong, and I'm no cheater."

RU90
10-29-2013, 04:29 AM
"I felt like a kid playing tennis for the first time. The feeling was amazing, just to be back on the court, to be competing; I enjoyed every moment. I'm extremely satisfied as I haven't played any match since Wimbledon, so it's great to win again."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/tennis/24718814 :D

Dead Net Cord
10-30-2013, 11:31 AM
The last time you... with Marin Cilic

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x16lgvv_the-last-time-you-with-marin-cilic_sport

nadejda
10-30-2013, 01:14 PM
Marin <3 he is sooo cute with that smile :)))

RU90
11-01-2013, 12:50 AM
Cilic’s Return Raises Questions About Antidoping Protocols
By BEN ROTHENBERG
Published: October 30, 2013

PARIS — Marin Cilic lost to Juan Martín del Potro in the second round of the ATP Masters event in Paris on Wednesday, but his overall feeling was one of relief.

Cilic, a former top-10 player from Croatia, was happy to be in action after being among the highest-ranked tennis players to serve a doping suspension. He compared his sensations on court to “a kid playing for the first time,” and said his positive test caused “the worst time of my life.”

In early May, Cilic tested positive for the prohibited substance nikethamide, an ingredient in glucose tablets he had taken. Cilic began taking glucose powder in 2011 to aid in the digestion and absorption of creatine powder, a permitted supplement that boosts energy levels. But when his supply of glucose powder ran low at a tournament in Monte Carlo in April, he asked his mother to buy him some more at a pharmacy. She bought a different form of glucose than he normally used, he said, and the tablets, with warning labels written in French, contained the banned substance nikethamide.

In September he received a nine-month suspension from the International Tennis Federation, which said it believed Cilic did not attempt to use nikethamide as an illicit performance enhancer. Cilic appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which last week reduced his suspension to four months.

Cilic, now ranked 41st, had already served four months since accepting a voluntary suspension in June, so he was able to make an immediate comeback this week.

Although the arbitration court has not yet released its full decision, Cilic suggested that much of the court’s ruling in his favor hinged on technical points about the specific substance for which he tested positive. Cilic said he tested positive for a metabolite of nikethamide called nicotinamide, not for the stimulant nikethamide itself.

Additionally, nikethamide itself is only a banned substance in competition. It is legal out of competition, so finding a lingering metabolite of it would not necessarily indicate that he had taken it illegally during competition.

What drew attention to Cilic’s ban was not the technicalities on which it ended, but the manner in which it began, with him quietly withdrawing from Wimbledon under the veil of a knee injury.

In the early afternoon of the third day of Wimbledon, Cilic, the No. 10 seed in the men’s singles draw, inconspicuously withdrew before his second-round match, citing a left knee injury. At a news conference on the day of his withdrawal, Cilic spoke about the trouble he had putting weight on his left leg, saying that his knee had bothered him for a “couple weeks.”

Cilic’s withdrawal was hardly dwelt upon at the time. It was only part of an exodus on the third day of the tournament that included Roger Federer, Victoria Azarenka, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Maria Sharapova.

The 10th-seeded Cilic, who called it a “very black day,” had no explanation for the sudden cluster of falling stars.

“Everything is related to individual,” he said. “Difficult to say what the real issue is.”

As it turned out, it was difficult to know what Cilic’s own “real issue” was.

About a month after Wimbledon, the Croatian news media reported that Cilic had withdrawn from Wimbledon after accepting a voluntary provisional ban.

The tennis federation does not comment on doping cases that have not been ruled on by an independent tribunal, so Cilic spent the next several weeks pulling out of events, including the United States Open, citing personal reasons.

When the federation’s independent tribunal handed down its ban in September, the report said that Cilic had withdrawn from Wimbledon citing “a knee injury to avoid adverse publicity.”

Cilic denied that his knee injury had been feigned and emphasized that a deciding factor in accepting the voluntary suspension was that his results at Wimbledon might have been invalidated later.

Stuart Miller, the federation’s antidoping manager, applauded Cilic’s willingness to remove himself from competition. “Voluntary suspension, I think, is a good thing for a player to do because it does demonstrate a good attitude toward the integrity of the game,” Miller said.

Miller said that in his seven years leading the federation’s antidoping system, players had rarely chosen to begin a voluntary suspension in the middle of a tournament. He added that it was not the federation’s responsibility to ensure the accuracy of any explanation given for suddenly pulling out of a tournament.

“If a player withdraws due to an antidoping rule violation charge, it’s up to them to say what they want to say about that,” Miller said. “And, of course, if it subsequently comes out that the reason for doing so may not have been the real reason, or the complete reason, then it’s up to the player to explain why he or she did what he or she did.”

Miller said the federation had drawn a “line in the sand” about disclosing an infraction only after the tribunal had ruled it to be a violation worthy of punishment.

“It says if and when there is a violation, then you must publicly disclose it,” Miller said. “That’s all it says. There’s nothing else that is mandatory in terms of public disclosure.”

While provisional suspensions are made public in some sports, like cycling, they are not in tennis, which could leave a cloud of suspicion over any player who is absent for a long period of time. Had Cilic been found by the tribunal to have committed no doping violation, Miller said the federation would have never commented on his case, nor revealed that he had taken a voluntary suspension.

Ben Nichols, a media relations manager for the World Anti-Doping Agency, said that WADA’s code “leaves some flexibility in terms of public disclosure” for provisional suspensions, allowing for variation between each sport’s governing bodies.

Richard Ings, who led antidoping efforts for the ATP from 2000 to 2005 and later headed the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, said a change to make disclosure of voluntary suspensions mandatory for all sports was the best course of action, even if it was initially simply disclosed as an unspecified rules violation.

“If you’re a big professional sport, you need to have the same rules for the big guys and the small guys,” he said of tennis. “If a big guy is being stood down for a provisional suspension, you just can’t hide it.”

Ings said more transparency would help improve tennis’s antidoping program.

“It ensures that there is not a vacuum of information, which lets people run off with conspiracy theories,” he said.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/31/sports/tennis/top-players-return-raises-questions-about-antidoping-protocols.html?pagewanted=all

Dead Net Cord
12-19-2013, 04:46 PM
Marin's on twitter now. https://twitter.com/cilic_marin

AncicCilic
12-22-2013, 09:54 AM
http://www.jutarnji.hr/goran-ivanisevic-tvrdi--dovest-cu-cilica-do-dokovica-i-nadala--bilo-mi-je-tesko-gledati-kako-stagnira-s-brettom-/1148932/

In short, Goran is saying that Marin is a player for top 5 and that it is not understandable for him how he stalled so much in career in last few years.

He is also saying that Brett was stubborn in some things and that he will spend about half of the year with Marin on tour (20+ weeks).

Of course, he speaks of the serve and how he gave advice to Marin regarding that game aspect and volleys, and wants him to play more aggresive.

Dead Net Cord
02-15-2014, 10:32 AM
DAIIOAelWvQ

RU90
02-27-2014, 02:15 PM
http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2014/02/9/Cilic-Ivanisevic-Improvement.aspx

87% of service games won :worship:

(could be even better)

RU90
03-02-2014, 07:59 PM
Burning It Up (tennis.com/pro-game/2014/03/burning-it/50777/)

:worship:

Deathless Mortal
03-02-2014, 08:07 PM
Burning It Up (tennis.com/pro-game/2014/03/burning-it/50777/)

:worship:

Great article :yeah:

petar_pan
03-09-2014, 09:50 AM
Popravio je agresivnost, ali mora biti još agresivniji. Pogotovo protiv najboljih tenisača. Agresivnost i kraći poeni - rekao je Čilićev trener Goran Ivanišević

Tenisači kreću u Indian Wellsu (četvrtak) i to je dio sezone koji će biti gotovo presudan za Marina Čilića i njegovu sezonu koja je sjajno krenula. Pogotovo nakon Miamija. Bit će to, kao što je Goran Ivanišević plastično objasnio - Maldivi. Sad bi mogao naplatiti sve što lani nije mogao jer je pauzirao mjesecima. Nakon Miamija gotovo da neće biti bodova za branjenje.

Nakon trijumfa u Delray Beachu Marin Čilić i Goran su krenuli u Los Angeles. Pripreme za Indian Wells.

- Marin je veliki radnik. Nije mu teško trenirati pet sati dnevno ako treba. Velike zasluge za takav Marinov odnos prema tenisu ima Bob Brett, koji je ugradio Marinu radne navike.

Ugradio je nekad i Goranu Ivaniševiću, koji je veliki optimist oko Marinova tenisa.

- Popravio je agresivnost, ali mora biti još agresivniji. Pogotovo protiv najboljih tenisača. Agresivnost i kraći poeni. Za korak više mora ostvariti bolje rezultate s Top 10 tenisačima. A kako je spreman, kako igra, nema razloga da to i ne napravi.

Čilić, koji je uvijek bio maksimalno oprezan, donekle se otvorio.

- Dosta brzo bih trebao ući u Top 10. Danas sam daleko agresivniji, što nisam bio proteklih godina. Danas igram s velikim samopouzdanjem, uvjeren da mogu svakoga pobijediti.

Razlog za novorođeni optimizam postoji. Marin je dobio 18 utakmica, najviše na Touru, servira 11 asova u prosjeku, što je najviše u karijeri, sa 815 realizacija prvog servisa trenutno je četvrti, a drugi po ukupnom broju asova (247) iza Ive Karlovća.

- Maksimalno pokušavam kratiti poene i to mi zasad dobro ide. I nema razloga da se tako nešto prekine. Konačni cilj je agresijom stvoriti veliki pritisak na protivnika. Bez obzira na to tko je s druge strane. Za ovo što danas igram i radim, nisam mogao naći boljeg trenera od Gorana. Ne samo zato što je sve to prošao.

Za kraj, Goran Ivanišević je poslao zajedničku poruku.

- Top 10 do kraja godine. Uvjereni smo da i nije nemoguća misija.

Tamo gdje bio (deveti) početkom travnja 2010. Nakon što je bio polufinalist Australian Opena. Još dvaput u četvrtfinalu US Opena. Morat će naravno popraviti omjer s Top 10 tenisačima (4-16), morat će i bolje na turnirima Masters 1000, gdje još nije bio polufinalist. Sve će krenuti iz Indian Wellsa...

petar_pan
03-09-2014, 09:51 AM
Popravio je agresivnost, ali mora biti još agresivniji. Pogotovo protiv najboljih tenisača. Agresivnost i kraći poeni - rekao je Čilićev trener Goran Ivanišević

Tenisači kreću u Indian Wellsu (četvrtak) i to je dio sezone koji će biti gotovo presudan za Marina Čilića i njegovu sezonu koja je sjajno krenula. Pogotovo nakon Miamija. Bit će to, kao što je Goran Ivanišević plastično objasnio - Maldivi. Sad bi mogao naplatiti sve što lani nije mogao jer je pauzirao mjesecima. Nakon Miamija gotovo da neće biti bodova za branjenje.

Nakon trijumfa u Delray Beachu Marin Čilić i Goran su krenuli u Los Angeles. Pripreme za Indian Wells.

- Marin je veliki radnik. Nije mu teško trenirati pet sati dnevno ako treba. Velike zasluge za takav Marinov odnos prema tenisu ima Bob Brett, koji je ugradio Marinu radne navike.

Ugradio je nekad i Goranu Ivaniševiću, koji je veliki optimist oko Marinova tenisa.

- Popravio je agresivnost, ali mora biti još agresivniji. Pogotovo protiv najboljih tenisača. Agresivnost i kraći poeni. Za korak više mora ostvariti bolje rezultate s Top 10 tenisačima. A kako je spreman, kako igra, nema razloga da to i ne napravi.

Čilić, koji je uvijek bio maksimalno oprezan, donekle se otvorio.

- Dosta brzo bih trebao ući u Top 10. Danas sam daleko agresivniji, što nisam bio proteklih godina. Danas igram s velikim samopouzdanjem, uvjeren da mogu svakoga pobijediti.

Razlog za novorođeni optimizam postoji. Marin je dobio 18 utakmica, najviše na Touru, servira 11 asova u prosjeku, što je najviše u karijeri, sa 815 realizacija prvog servisa trenutno je četvrti, a drugi po ukupnom broju asova (247) iza Ive Karlovća.

- Maksimalno pokušavam kratiti poene i to mi zasad dobro ide. I nema razloga da se tako nešto prekine. Konačni cilj je agresijom stvoriti veliki pritisak na protivnika. Bez obzira na to tko je s druge strane. Za ovo što danas igram i radim, nisam mogao naći boljeg trenera od Gorana. Ne samo zato što je sve to prošao.

Za kraj, Goran Ivanišević je poslao zajedničku poruku.

- Top 10 do kraja godine. Uvjereni smo da i nije nemoguća misija.

Tamo gdje bio (deveti) početkom travnja 2010. Nakon što je bio polufinalist Australian Opena. Još dvaput u četvrtfinalu US Opena. Morat će naravno popraviti omjer s Top 10 tenisačima (4-16), morat će i bolje na turnirima Masters 1000, gdje još nije bio polufinalist. Sve će krenuti iz Indian Wellsa...

http://www.jutarnji.hr/cilic-uoci-indian-wellsa--uvjeren-sam-da-mogu-svakog-pobijediti--uskoro-se-vracam-u-top-10--/1171232/

RU90
03-12-2014, 05:55 AM
Radio interview with Marin: http://bit.ly/1cvZpiU

Hilarious story about Goran :lol:

RU90
04-09-2014, 04:22 PM
GORAN IVANISEVIC: DON'T CALL ME SUPER COACH
http://www.scotsman.com/webimage/1.3366989.1396744502!/image/2131485729.jpg_gen/derivatives/articleImgDeriv_628px/2131485729.jpg
He’s sure Andy Murray will find a good one, but Ivanisevic doesn’t like the label for ex-major winners

GORAN Ivanisevic is not a fan of the term “super coach” now being bandied about. It has become a trend for players to appoint former Grand Slam winners as mentors, and Ivanisevic is part of this new phenomenon. He is coaching compatriot Marin Cilic and so is not thought to be in the running to replace Ivan Lendl, whose split from Andy Murray last month surprised nearly everyone, including Ivanisevic. The Croat is not throwing his hat into the ring. He is preoccupied with Cilic, who he predicts can be a top ten player again within months – “providing he continues to do what he is told!” While Ivanisevic, who finally lifted the Wimbledon trophy in 2001 after his fourth final, bristles slightly when described as a super coach, he does believe that it helps to have someone who “has been there, done that” looking on from the players’ box.

“I was very surprised,” said Ivanisevic, when describing his reaction on learning of the end of the working relationship between Lendl and Murray. “Ivan, for me, was the perfect coach for Andy. He played the best tennis with him, he won two Grand Slams with him. Why did they split? Well, we might never know why they split. There are still some good coaches around. I am sure Andy is going to make the right choice.”

One of those reported to be in the running is Bob Brett, who coached Ivanisevic for four-and-a-half years and also worked with Cilic. Ivanisevic has described him as “one of the best in the world”. But, while Brett has produced champions, he was not a champion himself. The term “super coach” describes tennis giants such as Boris Becker, who is working with Novak Djokovic, and Stefan Edberg, now employed by Roger Federer.

“I do not like the phrase ‘super coach’,” says Ivanisevic. “Coaches are good and bad. Some can help you, some cannot help you. Guys that have never won a Grand Slam can be good coaches. Some guys who have won a Grand Slam are not good coaches. But it helps to have done something in the game. Because you have been in those positions, it is easier for you to explain to the players what they can expect.”

Some believe that Lendl’s contribution to Murray was best illustrated not in the performances which finally sealed the Scot’s first Wimbledon triumph last year, but in the way the player reacted to losing the final 12 months earlier. This is where Lendl, who twice finished runner-up in SW19, earned his keep. “Nobody can understand how you can feel to lose the final at Wimbledon unless you have been there, especially Wimbledon,” says Ivanisevic. “I mean I experienced it three times! I know how it feels.”

“It is not for me to say,” he continues, when asked to nominate some potential successors to Lendl. “It is tricky. There are many reasons to pick a coach. First of all you need a coach who speaks the same language! I always say the best tennis coaches are the ex-tennis players, because they have the time, and they know how it is, and can teach you something. You just need to find someone who can teach you in the right way. It is not easy. It is not something you want to do in a hurry. But Andy does not have to rush. He is going to find one sooner or later, and he is going to do OK.

“Ivan did a great job,” he adds. “He made Andy believe, and he made him more aggressive, and he made changes to his game. It was the perfect match.”

Ivanisevic is enjoying working with Cilic, who is continuing his comeback after being banned for a failed drugs test last year, after what was described as “incautious use of glucose”. Cilic, now 25, has already beaten Murray this year, in Rotterdam.

“I have known him since he was 14,” says Ivanisevic of Cilic. “I am his coach, I am his friend. I speak the same language so it is easier for him. It is my job to make him more relaxed, and hopefully make him better on the court. I can see him improving. He is still very far from what I have in my mind. He is on a good run. I am expecting him to be in top ten, hopefully pretty soon. In a couple of months’ time if everything goes well.”

The life of a coach can be stressful, admits Ivanisevic. On the road with his charge for over 20 weeks a year, the rewards are seeing slight improvements in Cilic’s game. “But in matches you can’t do anything,” adds Ivanisevic. “You can only pray!”

Ivanisevic makes sure he keeps himself fit as well since he still has his own playing obligations to fulfil, including a return to Edinburgh in June. As we know from Naples, where the Great Britain Davis Cup team. Murray included, are engaged in a World group quarter-final clash with Italy, nowhere is guaranteed good weather. So it is right that Edinburgh should be permitted a second chance to host Brodies Champions of Tennis this summer, after last year’s event fell victim to a combination of driving rain and a bespoke roof that proved unable to keep the court dry. Lessons have been learned. In any case, it takes more than rain to dampen the enthusiasm of the irrepressible Ivanisevic.

“We just hope the weather can be more kind,” he says. “I love Scotland. It was the first time I have been there.” He remembers sensing the excitement building as Murray prepared to go a step further than the previous year at Wimbledon. Ivanisevic reminds you that he correctly predicted a Murray v Djokovic final. But then he did get the winner wrong, plumping for Djokovic. Even super coaches cannot know everything.

http://www.scotsman.com/sport/tennis/goran-ivanisevic-don-t-call-me-super-coach-1-3366990

RU90
07-02-2014, 07:07 PM
Interview with Goran Ivanišević, the coach of Marin Čilić, in l'Equipe (http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1s2b3vm):

(We didn't think of you as a coach while you were playing) To be honest, I didn't either. When you're playing, you think of your training, your matches, your tournaments. It's tennis, tennis, tennis. But after a while it gives you a love for the sport and then a desire to pass it on to others. I always liked helping kids. But it took ten years before I came back to the tour.

(Could you have coached a player other than Marin?) Maybe. But this was the best solution because I've known him since he was 14˝. I introduced him to Bob (Brett, his old Australian coach), I followed his career, I was helping him, and working with him is easy. He's one of the nicest guys I know. He listens, we speak the same language, everything's easy. When he asked me to help him last year, I told myself I was ready. Unfortunately this crap happened ... having to stop for four months for no reason.

(Doping suspension - how do you coach a player who isn't playing tournaments?) It was tough. You're accused of something you didn't do, for nothing, when you're ready, 11 in the world and motivated. You can't play and you're not even hurt. We trained and asked ourselves what for. And when Marin stayed strong mentally, I was really proud of him.

(changed his serve during the suspension) I've always said his serve wasn't good enough considering his height (1.98m). I wanted him to be more aggressive too, attack any shot that was the slightest bit short. It wasn't easy in the beginning changing habits he's had for 8-9 years. But he accepted very quickly. The offensive game took longer. So I told him: "Mate, if you have a Ferrari but you leave it in the garage and only take it out on Saturdays, sell it!" You need something big to be a top player, if not, you have no chance. There have been ups and downs but against Novak at Roland Garros (3rd round loss 6-3,6-2,6-7,6-4) he took every chance. It was the only solution against him. Besides, Novak was nervous that day on Suzanne Langlen. It was the first time I saw Marin not backing up at tough moments. He moved up, like he's done from the beginning of this tournament. His type of player needs to play like that. No other way.

(Do better here than at Roland Garros?) Absolutely. It's faster here. He learned from Indian Wells too where he won the first set 6-1 (lost 1-6,6-2,6-3) before backing off. And he has nothing to lose, he's hitting the ball really well, and he can make a dent.

(Djoković impresses you?) I'm a fan of Novak's as long as he's not playing a Croat. I'm always solidly behind him,. He's a super guy. We're mates, he's one of my favourite players, if not the favourite. He's unbelievable, so fast, the ball always is returned, and often so close to the lines it's unplayable. He's without a doubt the greatest returner in history. His serve has improved enormously, he always places it perfectly at tense moments. He puts you under pressure then, and if you let him, he pushes you around like you're an insect. He steps on you and you're dead.

(Back to Marin, he doesn't have the same temperament as you, more introverted) Everybody's not like me. He's calmer, but on the court, I want him to show his emotions. I want to see him bothered - it's not normal that I'm more bothered than he is. I told him: "Come on! You lost! Show me you're more pissed off than I am. I don't care if you complain or yell, I want some emotion!" That's what he's done here. Even at 40-0, he doesn't let go.

(Memories of you're win here in 2001?) The certainty that it would never happen again. Now there's a roof, the tournament will always end on Sunday. There will never be another Monday final. That day, anyone could buy a ticket, it was first come, first served, and the result was a football atmosphere, it was unreal and I'll never forget it. I like to come here a week before the tournament starts, walk around the grounds alone, and just breath in each court, each moment I've lived here since the first time I came here in 1988. A lot of things have changed, but it's still a unique place.

RU90
08-04-2014, 05:51 PM
BUY Marin Cilic
http://www.tennisviewmag.com/sites/default/files/resize/Cilic_4-715x477.jpg
His 11-5 record on hard courts this year is also exemplary, and he has consistently been able to be a multi-match winner in the tournaments where he has participated. Cilic will be a strong favorite to reach the third round and do battle with Roger Federer at that stage. While he is unlikely to prevail in that contest, Federer will likely not be pleased to see Cilic as his second match of the tournament. Should he upset Federer, a semifinal or better is also a possibility for the top Croat. (http://www.tennisviewmag.com/tennis-view-magazine/article/stock-watch-atp-stars-rising-falling-toronto)

RU90
09-10-2014, 05:17 PM
Marin Cilic (http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/09/honor-roll/52737/)
His win is a surprise, but it becomes a stunner when you look at his career record before the Open: No Grand Slam finals, no Masters semis, and no wins at 500-level tournaments. Plus, four of the 11 titles he did win came at his home event, in Zagreb. Before last week the 25-year-old really was an underachiever, and he really did need someone like Goran Ivanisevic (http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/09/marin-cilic-goran-ivanisevic-kei-nishikori-2014-us-open-final-peter-bodo/52725/) to show him how to assert himself and make the most of his frame and his game.

Cilic had been improving slowly this year, and had shown a glimpse or two of Top 5 tennis. But he went into overdrive after recording his first win over Gilles Simon in the fourth round. In his last three matches, Cilic straight-setted three players he had losing records against—Berdych, Federer, and Nishikori—and threw down 49 aces doing it. In the process, he remade his sometimes dull style into something more forceful and exciting. Then he told his tourmates on TV that they could do it, too (http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/09/cilic-peak-world-us-open-title/52730/). Who says nice guys can’t get what they want? A+

RU90
09-10-2014, 06:58 PM
Q&A with Marin Cilic (http://www.si.com/tennis/2014/07/29/marin-cilic-interview) (Jul. 29)

Marin Cilic (http://www.si.com/tennis/2014/09/09/us-open-report-card-2014): A-plus. This wasn't an instance of a player taking advantage of a broken draw to win their first major. After a straight set win over sixth-seed Tomas Berdych, ​Cilic broke open his half of the draw by beating -- err -- crushing No. 2 seed Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals. Then he took out the guy who defeated two reigning Slam champions in Kei Nishikori, and he did it all by winning 10 consecutive sets to win the tournament. This was an incredible run from Cilic and one no one saw it coming. Sure, he's been good. But he's never been this good. He has to be the most surprising Slam winner since Francesca Schiavone won the 2011 French Open or Gaston Gaudio claimed the 2004 French Open title.

Dead Net Cord
09-11-2014, 10:06 AM
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AncicCilic
09-12-2014, 07:19 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWzm_620KFM

Marin at Letterman show. :)

Blue Heart24
09-25-2014, 03:31 PM
http://www.tportal.hr/sport/ostalisportovi/352140/Cilic-se-pred-srpskim-medijima-posramio-zbog-Thompsona.html

Really low from Marin if this is true. He should have told those sickos to go to hell instead of saying what he probably doesn't think. There is a big difference between being a nice fella like he is and being a pussy, which he turned into in this interview if these are the exact words he spoke.

Dead Net Cord
09-25-2014, 06:12 PM
http://www.tportal.hr/sport/ostalisportovi/352140/Cilic-se-pred-srpskim-medijima-posramio-zbog-Thompsona.html

Really low from Marin if this is true. He should have told those sickos to go to hell instead of saying what he probably doesn't think. There is a big difference between being a nice fella like he is and being a pussy, which he turned into in this interview if these are the exact words he spoke.

My translation is so-so. Could you elaborate?

Blue Heart24
09-25-2014, 09:01 PM
My translation is so-so. Could you elaborate?

It was a great celebration in Međugorje and couple of singers came, one of them a patriotic singer Thompson, who said he was personally invited by Cilic and his family.
"Kurir" claims that Marin said that he is "sorry he came and it was too late to stop it". Tonight Cilic's father said he spoke to Marin and that they invented the interview. Not surprising at all considering from whom the "interview" came in the first place.

euphoriette
10-19-2014, 08:38 AM
Press conference with Marin Cilic after his semifinal against Mihail Kukushkin (Moscow).

Q. Congrats. You played Kukushkin in 2008 in Saint Petersburg. What can you say about today’s match?

MC: It was a long time ago and it’s difficult to remember anything expect the score. Today I knew it was going to be a difficult match. It was difficult both of us. We played on a really high level. I don’t know if I saw him playing that good. I felt he was hitting the ball good. I wasn’t serving as well as yesterday. Overall I felt the battle on the court was extremely tough.

Q. Was there something particular you changed after the first set?

MC: Even in the first set I played very well. I had I believe 8 break points I didn’t convert. I lost my serve in the beginning of the second [set]. I just had to find what was not working well. […] I tired to extend the points to make it more physical trying to look for different openings in the game. Overall I didn’t try to change too much. He had many opportunities and he converted them. You have to stick to your game and that’s what I did.


Q. Do you feel comfortable to play that late?

MC: I am used to it now. (laughing) In these last two days I’ve been playing late. Everything I was doing I was doing later in the day. Tomorrow it will be earlier for me and for you [press conference was held at 23.30], for everybody. No, nothing in particular. I adapt fine. I lost in Shanghai pretty early and arrived here on Saturday and played here on Wednesday. It was perfect enough.

Q. Did you except so many people in the crowd will be cheering up for you?

MC: I didn’t actually think about that. But during the week I had a lot of support from the crowd because, of course, winning the US Open. I think he also had a good support. We played both good tennis so it was entertaining for the crowd.

Q. How are you going to approach the final?

MC: The last time I played Bautista Agut was in 2002 and ‘under 14’ so it will be very interesting. We are good friends. He had a great year and he improved a lot for sure. For me it’s going to be important trying to keep the game like today and trying to serve like yesterday. I fell like indoors I am playing good tennis and I am relying a lot on my serve. That is going to be one of the keys tomorrow as Bautista is a great player from the baseline and he doesn’t miss almost at all and it is going to be a difficult battle I guess.

Q. What music do you enjoy listening to before a match?

MC: I’m listening mostly to Croatian radios. International songs: American hits, UK hits and nothing special, hits around the world.

Q. Bautista spent less time overall versus you. He also finished earlier here. Will it give him an advantage over you?

MC: No. I don’t think. It will be just different for me to start earlier. But no, I am physically feeling good. It was a tough match today but I am going to be ready for tomorrow, it won’t be a problem.

euphoriette
10-19-2014, 03:26 PM
Press conference with Marin Cilic after winning the title in Moscow.

Q. Congrats. You have won a lot of titles. How important is this title for you?

MC: It is for sure important. After winning such a big tournament as a Grand Slam you have a lot of emotions and it’s important to bounce back and keep going. I feel this is going to be really good push for my career. All the titles are special but this one will definitely have an important spot. It is important for my progress further.

Q. What are you going associate this tournament with?

MC: I will associate it with different feelings on the court. Again, after winning big titles players are very motivated to play better and they are playing more [risky]. I felt also that this week I had a lot of tough matches and I was able to stay in the battle and bring on my best tennis. That is what I will associate it with.

Q. What made the difference in particular today? Did you serve as in your quarterfinals as you mentioned yesterday you should find your serve again.

MC: The serve was a little bit better than in the semifinals. Overall I still didn’t serve as in the quarterfinals. I wasn’t able to hit big bounce. And I played more in combinations and playing a little bit better from the baseline. We had many rallies and it was as I expected. It was a tough match. […] In the first set we had tough games and I think overall what made the difference is just a couple of points that could have been…If one point went to his side…It could be much more complicated. I was very focused mentally to stay in the game.

Q. It seems that the lighting system was a little bit brighter today than the other days. Did you notice it?

MC: I didn’t think about it. Indoors it’s always different. But all the week it was pretty much ok. Sometimes you can lose the ball when [your opponent] is serving. But overall it was ok. It was a good entertainment for the crowd.

Q. Martina Hingis said she was happy it was cold in Moscow. How do you like the cold?

MC: Not so happy. (laughing) But I think it was some sunshine today, it was nice.

Q. You won two titles indoors. How do you evaluate your chances for the rest of the season indoors?

MC: I had really good indoor season this year. I also played a final in Rotterdam. This is for sure my favorite surface to play on. It’s going to be interesting. Next week I have a week off and then I will be preparing for Bercy. It’s two very big tournaments coming up for me. Bercy and London. I have to be motivated to do well.