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Cilic confident of Slam success

17th June 2019, 17:14 by Dan McCarthy

Marin Cilic is confident he can end the Grand Slam dominance of the “big three” in tennis by winning one himself.

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have dominated the Slam events over the past 15 years, with many other players barely getting a look in.

The next one takes place at Wimbledon next month, with only Andy Murray having taken the crown away from the aforementioned trio since 2003.

Cilic's joint-best run in a major came at Wimbledon two years ago when he was defeated by Federer, who won for an eighth time.

However, the 30-year-old retains the belief he can win one of the big four events.

"Yeah [I can still win a Grand Slam]. I'm feeling that I'm still improving and definitely looking at my last few years, 2016, 2017 and 2018, I think I improved quite a lot," Cilic said.

"I feel I'm a thinker. I'm a person that thinks and I cannot stop thinking. But I'm also aware when I'm playing aggressive tennis, when I'm playing tennis that I don't need to think, then I'm playing also great.

"I believe though that in order for me to get to the top and play the best guys and to challenge them, I also need to be able to think.

"Because if you play them without a game plan, then you don't have much of a chance."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Dan McCarthy is a reporter who is very knowledgeable about football at all levels, and a keen Leeds United fan. He also follows darts, snooker, motorsport, and rugby league.

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