Ivanisevic: Cilic Needs to Improve on “Poor” Masters 1000 Performances

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Marin Cilic has made a significant comeback in 2014, but his coach, 2001 Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic, believes the key to his success lies in improving upon his poor performances in Masters 1000 tournaments.

“The thing he has to improve even more is his performance in Masters 1000. He’s very poor,” Ivanisevic told the Desert Sun. “Lots of points there. It’s better to play good one 1000 than five of these 250s.”

Cilic’s Delray Beach Open title win capped off an extraordinary three week span, that saw the Croat win the title in Zagreb, reach the final in Rotterdam as well as his title in Delray Beach. He is now 18-4 in 2014 and looking to continue his rise up the ranks. His most improved trait this season is clearly his serve, which he previously mentioned that Ivanisevic was helping him work on.

“For him, he’s a tall guy, he needed to be more aggressive,” Ivanisevic said. “So he worked on the serve, he worked on the first shot to be more aggressive, try to come in. Not try to finish the ball at the net necessarily, but still look for the opportunity to come to the net.”

Cilic is scheduled to take part in the BNP Paribas Open, which begins on March 6.

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