Cilic learns from Wimbledon loss

28 January 2018 02:46:26 GMTPlus11

Marin Cilic says he has learnt lessons from defeat to Roger Federer in last year's Wimbledon final as the two meet again in Melbourne.

The Croat has had one positive Grand Slam final experience, winning the US Open in 2014 and one less so, last year's Wimbledon.

I think I played a great tournament so far with my level of tennis.

Marin Cilic

That ended in comprehensive defeat, Federer winning in straight sets with a visibly upset Cilic hampered by severe blisters.

However, ahead of the Australian Open final, Cilic says despite the disappointment of how the Wimbledon final ended, he was grateful for the experience which he believes will prove useful as he prepares to face Federer once again.

He told reporters: "In one way, I had to experience one amazing experience in a final and one not so amazing.

"So I had both emotionally, great and not great. I think it's going to help me to stay focused on what I have to do.

"It's big motivation for me to play that final and obviously to win, and I'm feeling really good with my game, and so hopefully I can have a great match and also great energy on the court.

"I'm feeling really, really good physically, even though I had a few matches that went more than three hours. I think I played a great tournament so far with my level of tennis."

The pair have met nine times in the past with Federer winning eight of them, Cilic's solitary success coming when he beat Federer in New York on the way to that US Open success in 2014.

Federer is 2/9 to win Sunday's final with Cilic priced at 7/2.

Federer is 11/10 to win in straight sets while he is 11/2 to win in five sets.

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