Stan Wawrinka has set his sights on his next opponents Marin Cilic
The Swiss continued his impressive form at Roland Garros by knocking out popular home No15 seed Gael Monfils in straight sets, 7-5, 7-6, 6-2 to move a step closer to a potential semi-final with the world No1.
However, in his path is Marin Cilic, who enjoyed an easier than expected progression to the last eight when his opponent Kevin Anderson was forced to retire in the second set of their game through injury.
And Ivanisevic, at Roland Garros yesterday ahead of participating in the veterans’ event, has been impressed by the form of his countryman.
“Murray v Wawrinka?” he said. “First there is a guy from Croatia there who is playing very well. First Stan needs to beat Cilic. He is playing very well, he is confident, don’t underestimate him.”
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Wawrinka was certainly being respectful about the potential match-up, despite having beaten him the seven times they have faced each other since 2010. Cilic, though, could not hide his excitement at his own form right now.
“Physically, mentally, I played a lot of great matches in this clay season,” he said. “I won the tournament in Istanbul and just felt that I was playing the best ever, most consistently in these last several weeks.
“I grew up on clay, playing half the year on clay. This year we changed a little bit the routine of the training on clay, and that helped me a lot to feel much, much better.
“And here, it’s been a huge bonus for me, looking to the rest of the tournament, knowing that I mentally and physically I haven’t spent any energy at all.”
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