WATCH—Match point from Cilic's win over Novak Djokovic at Queen's Club:
Marin Cilic is quietly playing good ball coming into the US Open, and could make waves at the tournament again.
Cilic won the 2014 US Open, beating Kei Nishikori in the final and Roger Federer in the semis, and has reached two other Grand Slam finals, including this season at the Australian Open. He has also had a good hard-court buildup, reaching the Cincinnati semifinals before falling to Novak Djokovic in three sets and taking Rafael Nadal to three at Toronto.
“I feel with my tennis that it's on a good level. These two weeks have helped me to position myself well, to prepare really well,” said Cilic at Cincinnati. “I think coming to the Grand Slam, that's what you want. Always for me that was the case, especially last several years. When I was feeling like that, I was feeling very confident, very good coming into the Grand Slam.''
The 29-year-old won't be among the top names, but likes his position.
"I wouldn't put myself as a favorite. Rafa is playing well. Roger, as well. Novak is playing great, too, and there are a lot of guys that are playing great tennis. For me, I'm feeling comfortable where I am," he said, "and I feel that I'm going to have another good shot at the US Open.”
Cilic is No. 7 in the rankings.