Marin Cilic reveals why he CRIED against Roger Federer at Wimbledon
Cilic, 29, booed his eyes out on court as Roger Federer ran riot on Centre Court to win his 19th Grand Slam title. The Croat went down to a 6-3 6-1 6-4 but will have chance to get revenge on Federer when they return to England for the ATP World Tour finals this week.
Looking back at his Wimbledon final nightmare, Cilic said: "I felt my foot in the match and I knew my possibilities of winning were getting slimmer and slimmer. "Emotions got the better of me but in that way I also felt how much it meant to me and all those sacrifices I had to do in recent months and years to get to that spot. "They were probably hiding themselves a bit. I didn't know it was such a big emotional part in me.
Cilic breaks down in tears during this years Wimbledon final
"I was sad not to give my best to even have a great final. "To me it's an amazing achievement and it's really nice to experience that. It's driving me forward to help get there again." The draw for the ATP World Tour finals at the O2 will take place in London and Cilic has good memories of his time in the capital. He added: "I was very very relaxed, a little bit similar to three years ago at the US Open. The confidence where I know I'm playing good tennis always helps me relaxed.
Roger Federer celebrates his Wimbledon win
Marin Cilic lost the 2017 Wimbledon final to Roger Federer
"You have certain nerves and butterflies in your stomach before a match but for me these are always positive. "For me, to reach a Wimbledon final was a dream come true. "I didn't know how much it meant to me until the moment I stepped on court. "In the back of my mind I had a big difficult that I had to deal with. "I didn't know how my foot would feel on court, what it's going to be, and that was one difficulty I had to manage in my mind."