For the Open previews, Tennisense will be skipping ATP/WTA players who have pulled out of the Open, even if they are currently ranked in the Top 10.
Current Rank: #7
Marin Cilic has had an even keel year. The highlight of his season came during the Wimbledon championships where he blitzed his way through to the final before his hopes of tennis immortality were ruthlessly dashed by a blistered foot and an in-form Roger Federer. One of the most heart-wrenching sights all season (Nicholas Almagro’s breakdown also comes to mind) was seeing Cilic visibly bawl out his eyes as he realized he couldn’t give his best on what was probably the biggest match of his life. If anything, it showed how much he cares about the sport and about the success he works so hard for, each day.
Cilic has not played another event since Wimbledon so it is hard to deduce what his form will be like once play starts in a few days time. As stated, Cilic’s year has been even keel. He’s made some decent runs – even on clay – and then he’s bombed out of a few tournaments early (The Australian Open). His path to the second week faces an early stiff test as he opens up against the mercurial Gilles Simon. The French man, despite a down season, is still a very dangerous opponent to face. This is especially true for Cilic, who has lost to him five times in six encounters.
If he gets by Simon, then I see him making the second week of the U.S Open. We’ll have to re-evaluate Cilic’s chances then. As it stands, a fourth round showing would be good considering he comes in a bit lacking in matches and perhaps confidence too.