After an early goodbye during the 2016 Acapulco Open the Croatian player comes back to the 2017 tournament with a thirst for triumph.
Marin Cilic, winner of 16 ATP titles -which includes one Grand Slam at the US Open in 2014- is undoubtedly one of the great attractions of the 2017 Abierto Mexicano de Tenis (Mexican Open) sponsored by Telcel.
After falling against Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga during the quarterfinal rounds of the Rotterdam ATP Tournament, the Davis Cup finalist and ranked no. 7 by ATP, traveled earlier to Mexico to become familiarized with the Imperial Princess World’s hard courts and Acapulco’s climate.
Not everything has been intense training under the intense Acapulco sun, Cilic has used his time to carry out touristy beach-destination activities such as riding jet skis around the Acapulco Diamante Bay surprising both fans as fellow vacationers.
“It was an incredible experience to ride in the sea of Acapulco. Now I understand why visitors and tennis players themselves speak so well about this place,” shared the Croatian 28 year old 6.5ft player. “The Acapulco Open will be a great tournament, there are several top ten ATP players and people deserve these kind and I know it will be a great spectacle for tennis fans,” added the fourth seeded.
This will be Cilic’s second participation during the Acapulco Open, last year the player was defeated during the first round by American Ryan Harrison, so he is ready for payback. This year Marin Cilic has to work hard during such tournament since his H2H against his top ten ATP rivals are not in his favor: 1-14 favoring Novak Djokovic; 1-3 in favor of Rafael Nadal, 1-1 with Raonic, 0-1 in favor of Dominic Thiem, and 1-3 against Goffin.