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Open finalist Cilic feeling underdone

Croatian world No.7 Marin Cilic says his hopes of making back-to-back Australian Open finals are unclear with his preparation disrupted by a knee injury.

Open finalist Cilic feeling underdone

Croatian world No.7 Marin Cilic says his hopes of making back-to-back Australian Open finals are unclear with his preparation disrupted by a knee injury.

MARIN CILIC of Croatia plays a backhand against Joao Sousa of Portugal of the 2018 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Australia.
MARIN CILIC of Croatia plays a backhand against Joao Sousa of Portugal of the 2018 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Australia. Picture:Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

Australian Open finalist Marin Cilic admits he's a little underdone heading into next week's season-opening major after battling a knee injury.

The world No.7 pushed Roger Federer to five sets in last year's title decider but was unable to add to his 2014 US Open crown.


The 30-year-old was back on court for the first time this year at the Kooyong Classic exhibition tournament on Tuesday, taking on world No. 6 South African Kevin Anderson, who won a title in India on the weekend.

Cilic posted a 6-3 4-6 15-13 victory, fighting back from 2-7 down in the new final-set tiebreaker that will be used at the Australian Open for the first time next week.

Under the rules, the first player to win at least 10 points by a two-point margin takes the match.

Cilic said he'd pulled out of the Maharashtra Open to give his knee extra time to heal.

He'd also had a big let-down after the emotional high of leading Croatia to the Davis Cup trophy in November.

"The knee felt slightly more stiff than usual, maybe that's from a first match," Cilic said.

"I need a few more days to play and train and hopefully reach 100 per cent.

"I'm feeling a bit rusty, but I'm hitting the ball well and feel in good form."

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