Sporting Life

Cilic offers great peek into playing tennis' Big Three

Having played and beaten tennis' best, Marin Cilic points to his pushing himself daily as the hardest part of life at the top.
Having played and beaten tennis' best, Marin Cilic points to his pushing himself daily as the hardest part of life at the top.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCED-PRESSE

It's not one point, or two, or a game, or a set. No, to play Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal is to feel the squeeze of pressure all day. It's a suffocating intensity that won't dip, it's a relentless interrogation under bright lights to which you'd better have brilliant rejoinders.

"They play every single point like it's a match point."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 23, 2021, with the headline 'Cilic offers great peek into playing tennis' Big Three'. Subscribe