Long recognized as one of the best stars in the Balkans, Marin Cilic has become a star of the Eastern European tennis world. A Croatian with incredible performances at major tournaments, including his flagship 2014 US Open win, Cilic has become a hugely impressive part of the ‘best of the rest’ group who hang down just below the likes of Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.
At the time of writing, the best that Cilic has achieved in terms of his ranking was when he came #6 in November 2016. Other than that, he has a strong record, with 16 ATP Singles titles to his time. An impressive run of trophies, the fantastic Croatian has become a real household name throughout the tennis world.
The game that arguably introduced the big Croat to the world was when he defeated Andy Murray, then No. 2 in the world, in the 2009 US Open. However, many tennis players have just one big match; Cilic has built on that consistently in the years since he defeated Murray. He reached the semi-finals of the 2010 Australian Open and he also took part at Wimbledon where he reached the quarter-finals in 2014 and 2015.
At the 2015 US Open he followed up his shock victory in 2014 with a semi-final appearance. A regular in the latter rounds of tournaments now, the 28-year-old has established himself as a player who can complete with the best on his day. At 6ft 6, too, he brings an incredible frame to the sport and can out-power just about any opponent.
Having been involved in the sport from a young age, where a young Cilic first picked up a racket in Bosnia and Herzegovina, he moved to Zagreb following impressive performances locally. Coaches flocked to pick up the young prodigy, and before long he was on his way to success at the top of the game.
He was able to become good friends with Goran Ivanisevic, who brought him into contact with Bob Brett, his first coach. Turning professional in 2005, he’s gone on to be tutored by the likes of Gordan himself as well as Jonas Bjorkman, his current coach.
He parted ways with Goran after 3 years, when he lost at the semi-final stage of the 2016 David Cup. Now, the future looks to be assuredly bright for the dynamic Croat, who combines power and precision to make the deadliest of cocktails on the court.