Marin Cilic (born September 28, 1988) is a professional tennis player from Croatia. His career high ATP ranking is no. 13, achieved on May 18, 2009. He is currently ranked 15th in the world and reached the quarterfinals of the US Open in 2009, defeating favourite Andy Murray in straight sets before being eliminated by eventual champion Juan Martin del Potro.
Junior circuit (2004-2005)
Marin began playing on the junior ITF circuit in Spring 2004. At the start he played on clay courts, winning the La Vie Junior Cup Villach in singles and the Dutch Junior Open in doubles. He then qualified for the 2004 US Open, where he lost in the second round to Sam Querrey. In 2005, he won the French Open title in Boy's singles, beating Andy Murray in the semi-final and Antal van der Duim in the final. He finished 2005 ranked number two behind American Donald Young. While on the junior circuit, he won six tournaments in singles and four in doubles.
ATP Tour 2004-2007
In 2004, he played one Futures event (Croatia F1), at which he reached the second round; he finished the year tied at No. 1463 on the rankings of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP Tour). He played seven Futures tournaments in 2005, winning one, the Croatia F3 event; two Challenger tournaments, in Zagreb and Geneva; and one ATP International Series tournament, on Croatia Open Umag, where he lost in the opening round. He finished the year ranked No. 587.
In 2006, he played three Futures, winning the Croatia F1 and Croatia F2 events. He also played in nine challengers, nine International Series events (reaching the semis at Gstaad), and two Davis Cup ties, against Austria and Argentina. By the end of the year, he was ranked No.170.
In 2007, he won the first and second professional tournaments of his career: the Casablanca Challenger (in April) and the Rijeka Challenger (in May). In June, at the Queen's Club tournament in London, he beat Tim Henman in the first round, after trailing 2–4 in the final set, and reached the quarterfinals, where he fell to Andy Roddick. After that performance, he reached a new career-high ranking of No. 101 on June 18, 2007.
In the World Group playoffs in the first round of the 2007 Davis Cup, he beat Benjamin Becker from Germany. Croatia went on to lose to Germany in the best-out-of-five round robin format of singles and doubles
In 2008, he reached the semi-finals in the Chennai Open, in both singles and doubles. In the singles, he was defeated by Mikhail Youzhny who went on to win the tournament.
Cilic made it to the 4th round of the Australian Open 2008, taking out 2 seeds on his way including 2007 Australian Open finalist Fernando Gonzzlez. James Blake beat him 6–3, 6–4, 6–4 in the 4th round. He had achieved his goal for the year of reaching the top 40. His 4th round result at the Australian Open put him at #39 in the ATP rankings.
Cilic also made it to the 4th round of Wimbledon, beating Jarkko Nieminen in five sets in the 2nd round and also knocking out the fourteenth seed Paul-Henri Mathieu. He lost in straight sets to Arnaud Clément. At the Canada Masters, he defeated Andy Roddick in order to reach the quarter-final stage, making it his best performance in a Masters Series tournament so far. He lost in three sets to Gilles Simon in the quarter-finals.
Cilic played the Pilot Pen Tennis in New Haven, Connecticut where he won his first ATP title. He defeated Viktor Troicki, Jürgen Melzer, Igor Andreev, and 2007 finalist Mardy Fish in the final.
Cilic seeded 30th, was seeded for the first time at a grand slam, reached the 3rd round of the US Open lost to Novak Djokovic 7-6(7), 5-7, 4-6, 6-7(0) in a match that lasted almost four hours. Cilic came back from a break down in each of the second, third, and fourth sets. In the first round, he defeated Julien Benneteau in five sets, in a match that lasted more than four hours, winning the deciding set 6–2.
He won his first title of 2009 and second career ATP title in the 2009 Chennai Open, defeating first-time finalist Somdev Devvarman.
Cilic at the 2009 Wimbledon Championships.
He reached the fourth round of the Australian Open after beating David Ferrer in straight sets, equalling his 2008 record. In the fourth round, he was defeated by Juan Martin del Potro in 4 sets. Later in the year, Cilic won the PBZ Zagreb Indoors defeating compatriot Mario Ancic in the final 6-3, 6-4. He helped his country defeat Chilean opponents in the Davis Cup first round tie by winning the opening singles match and by joining forces with Mario Ancic to win the doubles rubber.
Cilic reached a career best at the French Open when he beat eighteenth seed Radek Št?pánek in the third round in straight sets. After two competitive sets against the third-seeded Andy Murray, Cilic lost the match, 7-5, 7-6(4), 6-1.
He reached the 2nd round of the Queen's Club Championships, an ATP World Tour 250 series event, where he was defeated by Nicolas Mahut of France. He beat Alberto Martin to make it into the second round at Wimbledon, and won a five-set match against Sam Querrey 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-4. He played another five set match in the third round against Tommy Haas, spread over two days. He recovered from two sets down but lost 10-8 in the deciding set having held a match point.
During the hard court season, Cilic was defeated in back-to-back events in the first round. At Washington he was defeated in straight sets by Somdev Devvarman. He then failed to duplicate his quarterfinal appearance in Canada losing to Mikhail Youzhny. In the 2009 US Open, as the 16th seed, he reached the Fourth Round after defeating Ryan Sweeting, Jesse Levine, and Denis Istomin. He defeated Levine after being down two sets to love, coming back to win 4-6, 2-6, 6-0, 6-3, 6-0. He then scored the biggest upset of the us open 2009 with a straight sets victory over 2nd seeded Andy Murray in the fourth round 7-5 6-2 6-2. Cilic's aggressive play starkly contrasted to Murray's passive retrieval. After the match,he admitted it was the biggest win of his career till date.However,in quarterfinals he lost to the eventual champion Juan Martin Del Potro 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-1,despite leading by one set and a opening break in the second set.
Following his impressive US Open run, Cilic participated in the 2009 China Open in Beijing as the eighth seed. He won his opening match against Russian Igor Andreev 6-4 6-4 followed by a three-set victory over Frechman Julien Benneteau, 6-2 2-6 6-0. In the quarter finals he defeated 4th seed Nikolay Davydenko 6-4 6-4 before stunning World No. 2 and top seed (in tournament) Rafael Nadal in a straightforward 6-1 6-3 win. In the final, Cilic went down to second seed Novak Djokovic in straight sets 6-2 7-6(4).