Marin Cilic was the one who put the face to Novak Djokovic in the most “lost” point of the semifinal series between Croatia and Serbia of Davis Cup in Madrid. However, that does not detract from its merits to establish itself as the symbol of a new classification to the very final.
“For us to be in the Davis Cup final is great. The team did an incredible job to get here. It is the third in the last five years. This is amazing and it doesn’t happen very often. We have a great atmosphere in the team. We are all playing at a high level, “he statistically highlighted.
Regarding the near future, he added: “We will play the final against Germany or Russia. Both are high-level teams. Germany is a bit more versatile, with a great pair of doubles and two singles players who perform very well indoors. . Russia is the strongest team in this Davis Cup. Going against them is a very difficult task. We know we need to be 100% if we want to fight them in a possible tie. They have a very consolidated team with players of the stature of Medvedev and Rublev. “
In addition, he analyzed the difference between reaching the Davis Cup final with the old format and with this new one: “In both 2016 and 2018, we played the semi-finals at home. The atmosphere was incredible. When you manage to qualify for a final at home it’s brutal. We really enjoyed it. With this new format, the tournament becomes too long. We arrived in Turin two weeks ago, starting to prepare for the tournament, we had a very complicated schedule, playing Thursday and Sunday almost continuously. We have to adapt to this new format. Every game counts for a lot, so you have to be focused every moment to fight for victory. We have all done our bit “.