One of the most anticipated matches of the fifth day of Roland Garros is the third on the Chatrier, Federer Vs. Cilic. Only a second round, for a match that was the final of Wimbledon 2017 and the Australian Open 2018. It is interesting to bring back the thoughts of the Croatian before the match.
“It will be a completely different game than what we have played many times in the past … playing a second round is not the same as playing a quarter-final, semi-final or even Grand Slam final. Unfortunately it didn’t take me by surprise to have to face a champion in the second round, I expected to play immediately against a seeded champion. It will be a difficult challenge, both for Roger and for me. He played very little on clay, perhaps this could penalize him a bit, we’ll see what happens on the pitch ”.
“Roger is fantastic, we can only congratulate him on his motivation and the incredible level of play he has brought to the field in recent years. When you see him playing, it seems impossible that he is nearly 40! For how he moves and above all for how he hits the ball, he doesn’t look like a tennis player in the final phase of his career at all. The way he plays is still extraordinary, I think he is still one of the fastest on the circuit ”.
How will Marin face this challenge? With serenity: “I will go out on the pitch without thinking too much about who I am playing against. I have to be focused on my shots and play instinctively. This is my game and it has always been like that, trying to focus as much as possible on my serve, on finding the best feeling with the ball and taking this challenge as something really positive. I hope I can play a good game and fight to the end for the victory. Who is favored? I don’t know, you tell it … “.
Cilic is going through one of the worst moments of his career, he is aware of it but believes he can still have his say: “In my career I have not experienced too many difficult situations, in the end everything was more or less well. It’s true that I’ve had some more complicated seasons, but now it’s one of the worst times for me. It’s hard to break out of the top 20 and lose in the early rounds of tournaments. You need to keep working hard and finding the right mindset to take the field, play well and try to overcome this situation. If I’m fine, I can still play good tennis ”.