Monday, 6 June 2022

Marin Čilić ATP Ranking Best Since 2019 - in Top 20 Again!

June 6, 2022 - The latest Marin Čilić ATP ranking reveals that the Croatian tennis player is back in the world's top 20 tennis players for the first time since 2019!

The best Croatian tennis player Marin Čilić is again among the top 20 in the world in the latest ATP ranking. Čilić has not ranked so well since August 2019!

Čilić advanced by six spots after reaching the semifinals of Roland Garros. Recall, Čilić failed to advance to the Roland Garros final. In the semifinals, Norwegian Casper Ruud won 3:6, 6:4, 6:2, 6:2 after almost three hours of play. Čilić had ten aces in the match, six less than Ruud, a first-serve percentage of 66 percent, 51 winners and ten more than his opponent, and 56 unforced errors, 35 more than the Norwegian tennis player. 

"I have to say my form has been on an upward trajectory in these few weeks. I felt excellent on the court; I connected six matches at a very high level. In addition, part of the semifinal match was definitely quite good. So I have to be very happy with that. Now it is also a challenge for me to maintain this level and continue to play this kind of tennis from week to week. Then I think that great victories will come," said Marin Čilić after losing in the semifinals.

By entering the main Garros tournament, Borna Gojo improved his ranking by 30 places and is now 192nd, Nino Serdarušić 183rd, while Borna Ćorić dropped 34 positions to 244th place.

Roland-Garros winner Rafael Nadal and his opponent in the final, Norwegian Casper Ruud, climbed one and two places, respectively, to 4th and 6th in the men's ATP rankings released Monday after the Paris tournament.

Novak Djokovic, who lost in the quarterfinals to Nadal, remains the best tennis player in the world, though his lead is declining. Namely, Daniil Medvedev, who was eliminated in the round of 16 by Marin Čilić, and Alexander Zverev, who was stopped in the semifinals against Nadal due to an injury, are getting closer to the Serbian tennis player. 

Source: HRT

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Friday, 4 January 2019

Just Shy of 40, Ivo Karlović Makes History Again with Latest Achievement

It may be a new year, but that doesn’t mean that 39-year-old Ivo Karlović isn't continuing to impress. Just one month shy of his 40th birthday, which is on February 28th, the Zagreb native has made tennis history once again with his latest achievement. 

Ivo Karlović has advanced to the semifinals of the Maharashtra Open in Pune, India, where he defeated Latvian player Ernests Gulbis (ATP - 95)  7:6 (5), 7:6 (5), thus reaching his first victory in the four meetings with Gulbis, reports on January 3, 2019. 

This win makes Karlović the oldest semifinalist in an ATP Tournament since Jimmy Connors, who achieved this feat at 41 years old in San Francisco back in 1993. It has taken 26 years for anyone to catch up to Connors. This milestone comes just three days after Karlović became the oldest player on the ATP ranking list and the third oldest year-end top 100 player in the Open era behind Ken Rosewall and Jimmy Connors, reports

In Karlović’s third duel at this tournament, he did not allow his rival to deprive him of his serve, although Gulbis was a more significant threat than the Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime and Russian Jevgeny Donska.

Gulbis had one chance to break in the first set and two more in the second set, but the 39-year-old ATP Tour veteran never disappointed. Gulbis managed to keep Karlović without any chance to break in this duel, but in both decisive games, he had to admit Karlović's superiority. 

In the first set, Karlović led 4:1 and held the advantage with ease, while in the tie-break of the second set Gulbis led 5:3 - though that was before Karlović secured a string of four points and reached his first semifinal at an ATP tournament after last year's tournament in Houston, where American Tennys Sandgren stopped him in the semifinals.

Against Gulbis, Karlović hit a high 72 percent of his first serves, 25 aces, and realized 85 percent of the first and 52 percent of the second serve.

The semifinals are scheduled on Friday, and Karlović will play against 34-year-old Belgian Steve Darcis, who defeated Tunisian Malek Jaziri with 7:5, 6:2.

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Thursday, 1 November 2018

Paris Masters: Marin Čilić Defeats World No. 10, Advances to Quarters Against Djokovic

Marin Čilić has eliminated the 10th best player in the world from the Paris Masters to advance to the quarterfinals against Djokovic.

Monday, 15 October 2018

Croatia Dominates ATP: Only Country with Two Tennis Players in World's Top 15

Behind Borna Ćorić is the most successful week in his professional career. Even though he lost the Masters 1000 series tournament final in Shanghai against Novak Djoković on Sunday, he’s achieved his highest ATP ranking, making Croatia the only country with two tennis players in the world’s Top 15.

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Djokovic Denies Čilić Cincinnati Masters Final

Čilić is out of the Cincinnati Masters. 

Monday, 18 June 2018

Marin Čilić Drops to 6th in Latest ATP Ranking

Marin Čilić achieved his best career ranking in January 2018 when he was number 3. 

Monday, 23 April 2018

Marin Čilić No Longer Third Best Tennis Player in World, and Will He Continue to Fall?

Marin Čilić dropped one place in the latest ATP rankings, which could also happen again next Monday.

Monday, 2 April 2018

Borna Ćorić Makes List of Top 30 Tennis Players in World for First Time!

The 21-year-old Croatian tennis player is on a roll! 

Monday, 19 March 2018

New Career Highs for Croatian Tennis Players in Latest ATP and WTA Rankings

Now that the Indian Wells Masters 1000 series tournament has come to an end, which saw Croatia’s budding tennis talent blow away spectators around the world, the latest ATP and WTA rankings released on Monday proved favorable for Borna Ćorić and Petra Martić.

Monday, 26 February 2018

Marin Čilić Holds World Number 3, Petra Martić Best Ranked Croatian Female Tennis Player

Croatia’s best tennis player Marin Čilić has retained third place in the ATP ranking, just behind Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

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