Sporting Life

Cilic offers a peek into playing tennis' Big Three

Having played and beaten tennis’ best, Croatia's Marin Cilic points to his pushing himself daily as the hardest part of life at the top. PHOTO: AFP
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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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