Former Top 10 player Marin Cilic credits coach Goran Ivanisevic with reconstructing his serve and helping him improve his net game. Former Wimbledon champion Ivanisivic has worked with Cilic before, but never on a full-time basis.
“To simplify. Throw the ball in the air and hit it,” Cilic said of his compatriot's advice to him. “For me before, I was a lot thinking about the serve. To be more relaxed, nothing unusual. But we worked a lot on it, and it seems that it fit in the right place. We worked a lot also on volleys, and of course game at the net where I had the most space to improve. Last few years I was not doing too well at the net and I wasn't playing as offensive as I would want to, the way I would need to play, like a taller player, to have shorter points and put more pressure on the other guy.”
The 25-year-old Cilic, who served a four-month suspension last season for testing positive for the stimulant nikethamide and sees this season as a “new beginning,” added that Ivanisevic is trying to teach him a champion’s mentality.