Marin Cilic proud of his amazing Australian Open journey

He came up just short in the 2018 Australian Open final, but Marin Cilic feels he can take plenty of positives from his “amazing journey”.

The Croat made a real match of it against Roger Federer as he took it to five sets before going down 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 on Rod Laver Arena on Sunday evening.

It was tough on Cilic who produced some of his best tennis in the fourth set as Federer simply couldn’t match him, but he ultimately couldn’t repeat that in the decider.

The 2014 US Open champion, though, was proud of the way he played throughout the tournament as he beat the likes of Rafael Nadal en route to the final.

“First of all big congratulations to Roger and his team, it is amazing what you do year after year,” he said. “All the best for 2018.

“Amazing journey for me. Could have been the best two weeks of my life, but Roger played a great fifth set. Want to thank my team. Hopefully we are going to be reaching many GS finals and lifting these trophies in the future.

“Honour to play here and I hope to be doing so for years to come. Thank you for your support and my fans.”