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Cilic hopes to follow in Ivanisevic’s footsteps
February 12, 2019
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DUBAI: Marin Cilic will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of his fellow countryman Goran Ivanisevic when he competes for the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships trophy later this month.

Ivanisevic won the title in 1996 and finished as runner-up the following season, before going on to win Wimbledon in 2001. He then turned his hand to coaching and worked with Cilic from September 2013 to July 2016, a period during which Cilic won the US Open. Cilic now has 18 titles and has reached a further 14 finals, including not only the Australian Open in 2018 but Wimbledon in 2017 when he was in tears as he battled not just Roger Federer but a severe blister on his right foot which greatly hindered his movement. By coincidence, at the end of that season he and Federer found themselves taking a vacation at the same place in the Maldives.

“I didn’t want to bother him. He didn’t want to bother me,” Federer recalls. “After two days, he wrote me: ‘I’m here, too, in case you want to catch up and stuff, let me know’.”

The pair then practised twice and even got together for drinks with their families. “It was great fun. No coaches, no nothing, just the two of us on the court hitting balls,” Federer said.

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