Marin Cilic
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MARIN CILIC is proud to be playing in the same era as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

Marin Cilic
Marin Cilic

Tennis would be a whole lot easier for Davis Cup winner Cilic if he was unrivalled for all of the top prizes.

The Croatian has been a nearly man to the dominating Federer, Nadal and Djokovic for the past five years.

The trio have won 51 Grand Slam titles between them but Cilic was able to earn a win at the US Open in 2014.

And the fact he is playing in such a golden generation makes the world No 7 feel even better about his only major tournament win to date.

“For me, this is a great era to be playing tennis in,” he said.

“Having success in this tennis era makes me feel a better player.

“Being able to win a Grand Slam makes me feel part of this group and it shows me that I have good abilities to win and compete against them.

“Losing but winning as well is all a privilege.”

Cilic helped Croatia beat France in the Davis Cup final last week and he was delighted to add that trophy to his ever-expanding cabinet.

“It’s not every day that you become a world champion,” he added.

“For us, it’s a dream come true, for this nation, we are so passionate, you can see the fans.

“And I feel that in Croatia it’s going to be incredible too.

“Look at the statistics from Borna [Coric] and I, in three matches we did not lose a serve, it says much about our level and how well we played.

“We were both in a great form at the right time.”

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