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|ZAGREB Javier Mascherano Argentina Jersey , Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- Saturday will be a special day in Marin Cilic's life. When he will step on the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium, the biggest tennis stage in the world, he will try to reach the stage of a Grand Slam tournament where he's never been before.
"I feel that I play very good and I think this is a great chance to achieve something that I never had done before in my career. The feeling is phenomenal and I hope that this US Open will stay forever in my memory," the best Croatian tennis player said after he beat Czech Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinal of the 2014 US Open.
This is a second time in his career that Cilic will have a chance to earn a place in a Grand Slam final. He was a 21-year-old up and coming young kid when he played his first semifinal at 2010 Australian Open. He was leading set and a break against Andy Murray of Britain before he ran out of gas as a consequence of two five set victories against two Top 10 players Guido Pizarro Argentina Jersey , Argentinean Juan Martin del Potro and American Andy Roddick. It took him almost five years to get to this stage of a Grand Slam tournament again.
"I deserve to be among the best four. I feel that I belong here. I had great results this summer. The draw has opened up a little bit and I played good when I needed it. It feels great to be back in the semifinals," said Cilic full of confidence that this is not the end of the road for him even though he has to face 17th times Grand Slam champion, Swiss Roger Federer, whom he never beat in their five previous encounters.
"I feel that my game is heading into the right direction. I play good Gonzalo Higuain Argentina Jersey , serve is perfect and overall I made some improvements. I had a few tough loses in a close matches with the best players in the world, against Novak Djokovic in Wimbledon and against Roger Federer in Toronto. I did lose, but I learned from those matches that showed me I am on the right track."
The man behind Cilic's transformation from a good player to a serious contender for the most coveted prizes in the world of tennis is Goran Ivanisevic. He was the last Croatian that made it to the last four at the US Open in 1996 and he is the only male Croatian tennis player that won singles Grand Slam title in that famous 2001 Wimbledon final when he beat Patrick Rafter.
"I feel like Goran is in the semis again. It's great feeling what we have done in our first full year together on the ATP Tour. I hope I can go even further than he did 18 years ago. I will give it my best and hope for a positive result."
The biggest improvement that Cilic made in his game was on his serve as he turned it into his weapon.
"The serve is most important and I have to be focused on it. When I serve great I can beat anybody."
When you add his other skills, powerful ground strokes Gabriel Mercado Argentina Jersey , great return and very thorough tactical preparation for every match, you have a potential Grand Slam winner material.
"I feel that I am playing really good. I know that when I'll face the best players in the world I'll need to raise my game on the higher level. I hope I can do that and win the title."
This will be 20th Grand Slam semifinal that will feature Croatian player, first two being Franjo Puncec and Josip Palada back in 1938 at Roland Garros. Cilic now has two semifinals to his name and his coach Ivanisevic is the best Croatian of all times with seven semifinals and four trips to the final, all four made at Wimbledon (1992 Facundo Roncaglia Argentina Jersey , 1994, 1998, 2001). Cilic will hope to celebrate his maiden trip to the final on Saturday evening in Flushing Meadows.
"This is a great challenge for me but I think I'm ready to win the title. I worked hard to be in this position. Now I just have to focus on the goal and play good in the semifinal."
It will be 36th semifinal of a Grand Slam tournament for Roger Federer, first in New York since 2011. He's trying to reach his 26th Grand Slam final in a quest for the record 18th major title. He leads 5-0 vs Cilic in their head-to-head meetings.
But Cilic believes his time has come to shine on the biggest tennis stage in the world. Apart from his brilliant performances so far in the tournament Ezequiel Lavezzi Argentina Jersey , there is another good omen for the best Croatian player. When his coach Ivanisevic has reached the US Open semifinal in 1996 he beat Stefan Edberg in the quarterfinal. Well, guess who is coaching Federer?
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