133 Facts About Marin Cilic


Marin Cilic is a Croatian professional tennis player.

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Marin Cilic was runner-up at the 2017 Wimbledon Championships and the 2018 Australian Open, and won a silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the men's doubles tournament partnering Ivan Dodig.

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Marin Cilic has reached the semifinal stage or better at all four majors, and the quarterfinal stage or better at all nine ATP Masters 1000 tournaments.

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Marin Cilic is one of six active players with at least 20 ATP Tour titles and one of the five active players to reach at least the semifinal stage at all four majors.

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Alongside compatriot Goran Ivanisevic, Marin Cilic is widely considered to be one of the greatest Croatian tennis players in history.

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Marin Cilic was born in Medjugorje, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, a town in the Herzegovina region of Bosnia and Herzegovina to Bosnian Croat parents.

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At the recommendation of Goran Ivanisevic, in 2004, at the age of 15, Marin Cilic moved to San Remo, Italy to work with Ivanisevic's former coach, Bob Brett.

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Marin Cilic began playing on the junior ITF circuit in spring 2004.

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Marin Cilic finished 2005 ranked number two behind American Donald Young.

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In 2004, Marin Cilic played one Futures event, at which he reached the second round; he finished the year tied at No 1463 on the rankings of the ATP Tour.

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Marin Cilic played seven Futures tournaments in 2005, winning one, the Croatia F3 event; two Challenger tournaments, in Zagreb and Geneva; and one ATP International Series tournament, the Croatia Open, where he lost in the opening round.

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Marin Cilic played in nine Challengers, nine International Series events, and two Davis Cup ties, against Austria and Argentina.

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In 2008, Marin Cilic reached the semifinals at the Chennai Open, in both singles and doubles.

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Marin Cilic made it to the fourth round of the 2008 Australian Open, taking out two seeds on his way, including 2007 Australian Open finalist Fernando Gonzalez.

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Marin Cilic had achieved his goal for the year of reaching the top 40.

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Marin Cilic made it to the fourth round of Wimbledon, beating Jarkko Nieminen in five sets in the second round and knocking-out 14th seed Paul-Henri Mathieu.

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Marin Cilic lost in three sets to Gilles Simon in the quarterfinals.

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Marin Cilic played the Pilot Pen Tennis tournament in New Haven, Connecticut, where he won his first ATP title.

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Marin Cilic defeated Viktor Troicki, Jurgen Melzer, and Igor Andreev in early rounds, then 2007 finalist Mardy Fish in the final.

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Marin Cilic, seeded for the first time at a Grand Slam tournament, reached the third round of the US Open, but lost to Novak Djokovic in a match that lasted almost four hours.

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Marin Cilic came back from a break down in each of the second, third, and fourth sets.

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Marin Cilic won his first title of 2009 and second career ATP title at the Chennai Open, defeating first-time finalist Somdev Devvarman.

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Marin Cilic reached the fourth round of the Australian Open after beating David Ferrer in straight sets, equalling his 2008 record.

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Later in the year, Marin Cilic won the PBZ Zagreb Indoors, defeating compatriot Mario Ancic in the final.

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Marin Cilic helped his country defeat Chilean opponents in the Davis Cup first-round tie by winning the opening singles match and joining forces with Mario Ancic to win the doubles rubber.

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Marin Cilic reached a career best at the French Open when he beat 18th seed Radek Stepanek in the third round in straight sets.

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Marin Cilic reached the second round of the Queen's Club Championships, an ATP World Tour 250 series event, where he was defeated by Nicolas Mahut of France.

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Marin Cilic beat Alberto Martin to make it into the second round at Wimbledon and won a five-set match against Sam Querrey.

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Marin Cilic played another five-set match in the third round against Tommy Haas.

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Marin Cilic then failed to duplicate his quarterfinal appearance in Canada, losing to Mikhail Youzhny.

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Marin Cilic defeated Levine after being down two sets to love, coming back to win.

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Marin Cilic then scored the biggest upset of the 2009 US Open with a straight-sets victory over second-seeded Andy Murray in the fourth round.

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Marin Cilic outclassed Murray by saving all the break points he faced and took advantage of Murray's unforced errors.

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Marin Cilic won his opening match against Russian Igor Andreev, followed by a three-set victory over Frenchman Julien Benneteau.

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Marin Cilic reached the fifth final of his career at the Bank Austria Tennis Trophy as top seed; however, he lost.

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Marin Cilic received a wild card for the Davidoff Swiss Indoors, where he finished in the quarterfinals, losing to Radek Stepanek.

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Marin Cilic won the Chennai Open final, beating Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland in straight sets.

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However, Marin Cilic eventually lost in four sets to Andy Murray, despite winning the first set.

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Marin Cilic followed up his Australian campaign by defending his title in Zagreb, defeating Michael Berrer in the final.

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Marin Cilic achieved a new career-high ranking of No 9 as a result.

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Marin Cilic was selected to play singles and doubles partnering with Karlovic for the Croatia Davis Cup team against Ecuador in March 2010.

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Marin Cilic, seeded eighth, lost in the second round to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez at the BNP Paribas Open.

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Marin Cilic reached the semifinals of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington DC, ending Mardy Fish's 11-match winning-streak in the third round.

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Marin Cilic began the season with a first-round loss to Kei Nishikori in Chennai, failing to defend his title.

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Marin Cilic played next in Rotterdam and lost to Viktor Troicki in the quarterfinals.

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Marin Cilic defeated Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals and saved one match point in a comeback win against Mikhail Youzhny.

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Marin Cilic played for Croatia in the World Group playoffs in the first round of the 2011 Davis Cup, defeating Florian Mayer in the opening singles rubber.

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Marin Cilic lost in the first round of the French Open to Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo and at Wimbledon to his compatriot Ivan Ljubicic.

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At Umag, Marin Cilic became the first Croatian man to reach the finals in over 20 years, losing to Alexandr Dolgopolov.

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Marin Cilic won his sixth career title in Saint Petersburg by defeating world No 10 Janko Tipsarevic in the final.

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Marin Cilic did not play at the 2012 Australian Open, but did play at Indian Wells, where he lost in the second round to David Nalbandian.

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Marin Cilic was defeated by Juan Martin del Potro in the third round of Miami and the French Open.

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Marin Cilic subsequently lost to Andy Murray in the following round.

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In July 2012, Marin Cilic became the first home player to win the Croatia Open after 22 years by defeating Marcel Granollers of Spain in the final.

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Marin Cilic was seeded 12th at the US Open, where he matched his 2009 effort in reaching the quarterfinals.

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Marin Cilic started his year at the Chennai Open, where he lost to Benoit Paire in the quarterfinals.

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At Zagreb, where he had won twice in 2009 and 2010, Marin Cilic won for a third time to earn his ninth career title, defeating Jurgen Melzer in the final.

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Marin Cilic was top-seeded in the Memphis Indoor event but lost to Kei Nishikori, the eventual champion, in the quarterfinals.

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Marin Cilic next played at Indian Wells, where he lost in the third round to Milos Raonic in three sets.

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Marin Cilic started his clay-court season in Monte Carlo, but lost to Richard Gasquet in the fourth round.

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Marin Cilic defeated world No 6, Tomas Berdych, in the quarterfinals, his second top 10 win of the year, and Lleyton Hewitt in the semifinal.

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At Wimbledon Marin Cilic pulled out before his second-round match claiming he had a left knee injury where he was scheduled to play Kenny de Schepper of France.

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Marin Cilic claimed that the banned substance was ingested via Coramine glucose tablets bought at a pharmacy by a member of his team, and as a result, the independent tribunal believed that he did not intend to enhance his performance.

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Marin Cilic, whose ranking had dropped to number 47, received an immediate boost as results at the French Open, Queen's and Wimbledon were reinstated.

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In late 2013, Marin Cilic started working with Goran Ivanisevic as his new coach.

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Marin Cilic defeated Denis Istomin and Grigor Dimitrov to reach the quarterfinal, where he lost to Kei Nishikori.

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Marin Cilic defeated Lukas Rosol, world No 10, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, world No 6, Andy Murray and Igor Sijsling, reaching the second final of the season, where he lost to Tomas Berdych.

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Marin Cilic continued his excellent form in Delray Beach, reaching his third consecutive final of the season, where he defeated Kevin Anderson and won his 11th singles title.

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Marin Cilic reached the fourth round of the Indian Wells Masters.

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Marin Cilic defeated Paolo Lorenzi and Tommy Robredo to set up a clash with Novak Djokovic.

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Marin Cilic lost in early rounds in both Madrid Open and Rome Masters.

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At the French Open, Marin Cilic reached the third round before losing to Djokovic in four sets.

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Marin Cilic successfully rebounded at Wimbledon, reached the quarterfinals for the first time, beating Paul-Henri Mathieu, Andreas Haider-Maurer, Tomas Berdych and Jeremy Chardy before losing to eventual champion Novak Djokovic in five sets.

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Marin Cilic then went on to defeat both world No 7, Tomas Berdych, and world No 3, Roger Federer, in straight sets to reach his maiden Grand Slam final.

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Marin Cilic defeated 10th seed Kei Nishikori in straight sets in the final, claiming his first Grand Slam title and becoming the first Croatian to win a men's Grand Slam event since his coach Goran Ivanisevic won the 2001 Wimbledon Championships.

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In Shanghai Masters, Marin Cilic was upset in the first round by fellow countryman Ivo Karlovic after losing the tiebreak in the third set.

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Marin Cilic rebounded at Kremlin Cup, where he defeated Roberto Bautista Agut in the final and won his fourth title of the season.

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Marin Cilic subsequently withdrew from the Valencia Open and Paris Masters in order to allow time for an arm injury to heal before the tour finals.

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Marin Cilic ultimately lost all three matches in the round robin.

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Marin Cilic finished the season as world No 9 in year-end ATP rankings.

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Shoulder injury prevented Marin Cilic from playing the Brisbane International and Australian Open.

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Marin Cilic subsequently withdrew from the Miami Open due to the shoulder problem.

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Marin Cilic returned to tour at Monte-Carlo Masters, where he advanced to quarterfinals, before losing to eventual champion Novak Djokovic.

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At the 2015 French Open, Marin Cilic lost to David Ferrer in the fourth round in straight sets.

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At Queen's Club, Marin Cilic was beaten in the second round by Victor Troicki in three sets.

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Marin Cilic matched his 2014 Wimbledon performance, reaching the quarterfinals again after eliminating Moriya, Berankis, Isner, and Kudla.

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Marin Cilic returned to Flushing Meadows for the US Open to defend his title, reaching the semi finals where he was beaten in straight sets by Novak Djokovic who went on to win in the final.

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Marin Cilic managed to defend his title at the Kremlin Cup, winning the final in almost identical fashion to the previous year.

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At the Wimbledon Championships, Marin Cilic repeated his efforts of the previous two years making the quarterfinals, after eliminating rival Kei Nishikori in the fourth round.

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Marin Cilic reached the last 16 in the singles and the second round in the doubles.

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In Cincinnati, Marin Cilic claimed his maiden Masters title, defeating Andy Murray in the final in straight sets.

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At the Paris Masters, Marin Cilic defeated Djokovic for the first time in his career to reach the semifinals, where he subsequently lost to John Isner.

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Marin Cilic's run guaranteed that he would qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals for the second time in three years.

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Marin Cilic started his 2017 season as first seed at the Chennai Open but lost to Jozef Kovalik in the second round.

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Marin Cilic was eliminated in the second rounds of Indian Wells, Miami Open, and Madrid Open, but reached the quarterfinals in Rome, and Monte Carlo.

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Marin Cilic reached the quarterfinal of the French Open for the first time in his career and thus became one of the few tennis players who reached the quarterfinal stage of every Grand Slam championship.

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Marin Cilic returned to play at the US Open where he lost to Diego Schwartzman in the third round.

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Marin Cilic failed to win a match in the ATP Finals despite going to three sets against Federer, Alexander Zverev, and Jack Sock.

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Marin Cilic finished the season as world No 6 for the second consecutive year.

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Marin Cilic started his 2018 season as first seed in Pune, India.

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Marin Cilic lost in semifinals to eventual champion Gilles Simon.

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Marin Cilic later admitted that he found it difficult to adjust to the changed conditions.

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Marin Cilic remained at that position for 12 weeks, before being surpassed by Alexander Zverev.

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Marin Cilic failed to defend his only title from the 2017 season at Istanbul, losing in his opening match to Malek Jaziri.

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Marin Cilic reached the final, where he contested a close match with Djokovic, coming out on top in three sets saving match point in the process to claim his second title at Queen's Club and second career win over Djokovic.

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Marin Cilic was upset in the second round by Guido Pella in five sets, after comfortably winning the first two sets.

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At the US Open, Marin Cilic recovered from a two set deficit to defeat teenager Alex de Minaur in the third round.

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Marin Cilic eventually lost in the quarterfinals against Kei Nishikori in a replay of the 2014 final.

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Marin Cilic helped Croatia reach the Davis Cup finals for the second time in three years, winning one of his two singles rubbers against the USA.

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Marin Cilic rebounded from this trough in form at the Paris Masters reaching the quarterfinals for a third consecutive year before losing to Djokovic in three sets.

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Marin Cilic led the Croatian national team at the 2018 Davis Cup final against France on the clay courts of Lille.

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Over his next three tournaments, Marin Cilic only managed to win one match, while being eliminated early at Dubai, Indian Wells, and Miami.

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Marin Cilic lost his second round match at both Rome and the French Open, to Jan-Lennard Struff and Grigor Dimitrov respectively.

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Marin Cilic failed to defend his Queen's Club title, leaving the Croat out of the top 15 for the first time in five years.

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Marin Cilic lost in the second round of Wimbledon to Joao Sousa in straight sets.

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Marin Cilic fell from the world's top 20 after failing to match his previous year's performance at the first three events.

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At the US Open, Marin Cilic reached the fourth round where he showed improvements to form during a four set loss against eventual champion Nadal.

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Marin Cilic started the year at the 2020 Australian Open where he beat Corentin Moutet, Benoit Paire, and Roberto Bautista Agut before losing to Milos Raonic in straight sets.

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Marin Cilic lost in the first rounds of the Dubai Tennis Championships and the Cincinnati Masters to Benoit Paire and Denis Shapovalov respectively.

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Marin Cilic was defeated by Thiem in the first round of the 2020 French Open in straight sets, and in 2021, he was defeated in the second round by Roger Federer in 4 sets.

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Marin Cilic won the 2021 Stuttgart Open, defeating 3rd seed Felix Auger-Aliassime in the final in straight sets, his 19th singles title and first in three years.

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Marin Cilic played at the 2021 Kremlin Cup where he reached the final seeded sixth.

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Marin Cilic beat Damir Dzumhur in three sets before defeating Tommy Paul in straight sets.

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Marin Cilic won in straight sets against Pedro Martinez in the quarterfinals and against Ricardis Berankis in the semifinals.

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Marin Cilic lost to Aslan Karatsev in straight sets in the final.

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Marin Cilic won the St Petersburg Open, defeating 5th seed Taylor Fritz in a three-sets final for his 20th singles title.

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Marin Cilic returned back into the top 30 after 2 years to World No 28 on 1 November 2021.

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Marin Cilic defeated Emilio Gomez in the first round in straight sets, Norbert Gombos in the second round in four sets, and fifth seed Andrey Rublev in the third round in four sets.

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Marin Cilic lost to ninth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime in the fourth round in four sets.

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At the 2022 French Open Marin Cilic defeated Attila Balazs in the first round, Marton Fucsovics in the second, Gilles Simon in the third before taking out number 2 seed Daniil Medvedev in straight sets in the round of 16.

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Marin Cilic won against Andrey Rublev in the quarterfinals in a long five sets match with a super tiebreak in the fifth — the first ever played on Court Philippe Chatrier — winning the last 9 points in a row and lasting 4 hours and 10 minutes to reach his first semifinal at this Major.

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Marin Cilic became only the 5th active player besides the Big Four, and the first Croatian player to reach this level at all four Grand Slams.

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Marin Cilic wore Fila apparel until the 2011 season, when he got a 5-year contract with Li-Ning, switching back to Fila in 2016.

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