World tennis number forty-three, Marin Cilic still belived that he has not reached his peak yet, despite his US Open glory in 2014.
Cilic, 32, disclosed about his current form and future goals, admitting that his best is yet to come.
“I feel that I still haven’t reached my peak,” Peak meaning that I feel the best on the court physically, mentally, technically, that I play my best tennis. I would like to reach that peak and feel that, ‘okay, I have done that. This is what I was working for, and I can relax my mind now and go into retirement” he said.
The former world number three has resume that currently featured in 18 ATP titles, including a Grand Slam in the U.S. This feat has made him one of only a handful of players to have been able to win a major title during the era of the Big Three.
“I feel definitely, I wouldn’t say disappointed, but just, that maybe I haven’t reached my peak and accomplished what I could have accomplished.” he added.
The Croatian player is an unseeded player in this week’s Paris Masters, defeating France’s Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-9,3-6,6-3. Cilic is playing his tenth ATP tour of 2020, excluding the ATP Cup, but yet to reach the final eight his season.
“I was not finding my best form this season, last season, as well, compared to the last few years before,” he reflected.
“This season has been really good for me in terms of just getting some matches, playing guys, going back home,training and playing a tournament again.’ he added
“I felt that with these kinds of conditions it’s quite positive in a way that you’re not dropping your rankings, you’re getting a chance to play. So that’s been good in my own personal opinion.”
Cilic added that the break in competitions due to the global epidemic was an added advantage to become a parent for the first time this year.
Cilic plays Corentin Moutet in the second round. Should he win, he could play second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in what would be the first meeting between the two since 2017.
“My focus is to play well. Whatever it is. I’m not looking too far into the tournament,” Cilic explained.
“I didn’t have great success in this last period, so I’m not allowed to say that I want to go deep. But I just want to enjoy myself on the court. I felt that I played really good tennis (against Auger-Aliassime) and I would be really happy if I can keep this level.” he accentuated.