It's almost a day later, matches have come and gone, but I'm still impressed by Marin Cilic's run so far at the Aussie. Even though he knocked off a TTA? fave in Andy Roddick, which I figured was going to happen, he still gets props!
I've been looking for him to make a big run at a Major the past few Slams and it looks like it's really happening here. Actually, every time I see him in a draw for the past year or so, I think "Why can't he win?"
Which takes me to the point of the headline of this post: How does he ever lose? I don't know, maybe it's beyond the comprehension of this 4.0 player, but I just can't figure out how you'd stop him, particularly on a faster surface. Here's my breakdown on him:
• The serve: Big.
• Groundies: Big.
• Movement: Great, especially for a big guy.
• Net game: Better than a lot of players.
• Confidence in his shots: High. Look how many winners he blasts off both sides, no matter the score.
Those are just a few of the technical and mental factors. But here's what really does it for me: the body type. I personally think a long, lean body can do wonders as far as helping with reach and leverage to generate power. Also, heavy topspin's not going to bother him, and I don't think slice is going to eat him up either. He's kind of like a male Venus Williams (who I'm also baffled by when they lose, like tonight).
Now I'm not gonna run out and start a Cilic fan club, just taking a look at the product, which with his age, isn't even a finished one yet. Juan Martin del Potro beat him to Slam glory, but I like Cilic's game way more, and I expect him to have better stats than del Po when it's all said and done.
An old friend of mine and I used to talk tennis for hours, whether it was our own games or what was happening in the pros. I've started Tennis Talk, Anyone? to, well, talk tennis with an even broader crowd! My name is Van Sias and I've been playing for 20 years now, and not only am I player, I'm a huge fan of the game as well: pro, amateur, you name it. I'll post links to news items related to the sport, and offer my own personal opinion, predictions and hopefully get some of yours as well.