After an absolutely shocking and unpredictable triumph of Marin Cilic we've decided to look back and try to understand what helped him to celebrate such an outstanding victory. The results we want to share with you turned out to be very curious.
Cilic's story is an illustration of the saying: "If it weren't for bad luck, have no luck at all". Do you want to know why? In our opinion, Marin has benefited from an awfully unpleasant thing - his four-month exile from tennis at the end of the year 2013! Sounds odd? Let's look deeper into the situation.
Marin Cilic. Health issues.
Let's approach the subject in the roundabout way. No one would deny, that tennis is very popular these days. And this fame has two sides. First of them is good looking. The more popular any sporting activity is, the more prize money the players get, the more tournaments are organized, the more ad contracts are signed, the larger audience interest is, etc. But if we look at it from other point, what will we see? The playing calendar is overloaded by the events. With every new tournament to get into, you'll cut back on your own break time for rest. Every year we hear more and more complaints by top players. Djokovic, Nadal, Murray and Federer claim that the existing holidays are not enough to rehab, get rid of mental and physical exhaustion and cure all injuries. Everyone listens to them, but no one hears. The reason is simple - it's all about money. Tennis federations of all levels get big money for sailing broadcasting rights and certainly they don't wish to cut the calendar down.
What does the situation created lead to? In such circumstances the players have no time for rest within the playing period. The short-lasting holidays they have in their disposal they spend in gyms working on their physical form and getting ready for the long tennis season. No time to switch off and experiment with the acquired tennis style. Andy Murray is a good example here. Recently he has been world no. 3 and 4. Now he is outside best 10. Tennis endures no slovenliness, not a bit of it. The guys in top 100 never forget about this relentless competition and do their best training all the time. Because while you're in top 100, tennis brings you good money. Every single year sees the increase in prize money. So ageing players like Federer, Haas, Robredo, Stepanek try hard to stay in tour as long as possible and earn another portion of prize money. Every year these fellows get billions of dollars. But this situation has bad influence on tennis in a whole.
First of them is lack of chance and possibility to hone your play. Tough and overloaded schedule makes it impossible to find a time gap for working on all aspects of your play, on your technique and tactics. Changing proccess requires a lot of time. As a rule, you'll see no results on its initial stage. The player has to adapt to all alterations and to a new playing combinations. So the majority finds it useless carry out such experiments. You'll definitely lose in rankings and in prize money with no real guarantees of success. So logically the players try to save what play to their advantage and to save their health condition. It reminds us of the NBA. Yes, the National Basketball Association. All professionals admit, that the NBA needs only ready masters, as there will be no time for learning with the game scheduled every third day. The situation in tennis is quite similar. The tournaments go all year round with a short pre-season phase and change one another without a break. Different surfaces, jet lags, constant matches, interviews, charity and sponsorship events - all these are indispensable parts of any tennis season. And no time for productive training. The results are need right here and right now. Otherwise - fast fall in rankings and lose of prize money and ads constracts.
What are we driving at? Sometimes a forced break may be a gift to the player! Take Tommy Robredo as an example. After he miseed a year 2011 because of injury, he came back in tour another player! He significantly improved his service play, both forehand and backhand, his vision of the game and thus he became really competitive! Cilic underwent the same transformation. He has always been very talented and productive, but top 4 was something unattainable for him, not to sepak about Grand Slam championship. Every season he displayed something the same. But what has changed after a four-months ban? He retunred to the tour fresh and health. But what is more important he put to good use the time he had to hone his play, both technically and tactically. With no doubts, we pay our respect to his coach Goran Ivaniševic, who also did a good job! But where exactly Cilic had stepped up? First and foremost, his play became got more diversity. Secondly, it's his service play. It has always been one of the key tools in his arsenal, but it can not be compared to what he shows now. In old times it wasn't consistent at all (at times Cilic displayed only 40% of the first serve), the second one was neither dangerous nor inconvenient for his opponents. It seems, like a great server Ivanisevic contributed greatly to the improve of the second serve! To our mind, it's currently one of three best in tour, together with Wawrinka and Isner. It's versatility and uncomfortable top spin make it difficult to handle, especially for such small-sized players as Nishikori. Another improved component is his baseline play. It also gained diversity. Previously the Croat just hit his poverful flat shots from the baseline, relying rather on strength. Now the picture of his play looks completely different. He saved those powerful shots and at the same time acquired reliable top spin shots, which made his tennis more endurable.
The old Marin Cilic would have never defeated Simon in such a thrilling encounter they showed at the US Open 2014. It's all due to his verstatile techiques at the baseline that contributed to his success in that particular match and at the tournament. The Croatian played very tricky tennis. At times he just held the ball on the baseline like Simon, thus opening the corners for attack and making use of sharp knocking shots only when he was gifted with convenient balls to speed up the play. If he had relied only in his power and strength, as he did before, he would have never closed that match up, considering the perfect form of the Frenchman.
Is the Croatin able to maintain his current level? Certainly, he is. Is he able of taking another Grand Slam title? Yes, he is. Will he find and secure his place in top 8? We are almost sure that he will. We have already wirtten about his progess, marking his excellent play during this season. Even when he is not in his best, his play is not worse than that of poor Berdych, inconsistent Federer, Nishikori and dispersing Wawrinka. Cilic is never worse than all these guys, moreover he has no psychological issues. He performs even better when under pressure, than is a relax mode. And it's another prove of his high professional class.
All in all, we wish him good luck! He has completely deserved the progress he made and his place among the stars!
And in conclusion we support the above said by this video. Diversity of Marin Cilic's play
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