Croatian tennis star Marin Cilic is looking forward to representing his country at the Davis Cup Finals.
Cilic, 33, has been playing the Davis Cup regularly since 2006 and he insists it’s a special event.
Cilic has featured in 26 ties throughout his career and he owns a 31-11 lifetime singles record in the Davis Cup.
Cilic led Croatia to winning the Davis Cup in 2018.
“It’s something that you cherish and you want to play for. I watched it several times on TV as a kid and then experienced it live. It just, you know, transforms your feeling about tennis completely,” Cilic said of playing the Davis Cup.
Cilic found his form in Moscow
This past week, Cilic made his second final of the season in Moscow.
Former world No. 3 Cilic arrived to Moscow on a three-match losing streak but he rediscovered his game in the Russian capital and made the final.
In the final, Cilic suffered a straight-set loss to home favorite Aslan Karatsev.
Cilic, now ranked at No. 35 in the world, stood no chance against Karatsev in the Moscow final as the Russian won 6-2 6-4.
After the match, world No. 19 Karatsev said that winning it all in Moscow was a dream come true for him.
“It is a dream come true,” Karatsev said in his on-court interview, per the ATP website. “It is a tournament where I have played in qualifying at and now I am winning the tournament. Thank you for all of your support. It was a very nervous final game, I hit a double fault and then on break point there was that long rally, but I managed to win it in the end.”
Karatsev dedicated the Moscow title to his team and family.
“First of all, I would like to dedicate my win to my parents, my mum and my father,” Karatsev added.
Despite the loss, it was a positive week for Cilic who was desperate to get some momentum going.