Cilic eager to climb higher

08 March 2018 06:03:02 EST

Marin Cilic has his sights set even higher, having reached number three in the world rankings on the back of two recent Grand Slam final appearances.

The Croat lost out to Roger Federer at Wimbledon last summer, before falling to the Swiss maestro in five sets at the Australian Open earlier this year.

I've been improving a lot, but I want more.

Marin Cilic

However, far from being downhearted at those losses, Cilic is using them as motivation to try and improve further in the near future.

He told the ATP Tour website: "Playing two out of the past three Grand Slam finals guides me in the right direction. I've been improving a lot, but I want more. I'm happy to be No.3 (in the rankings), but I want to keep improving and reach as high as possible."

Cilic is currently preparing for action at the Indian Wells Masters, where he has struggled to make an impact in the past.

His best showing in ten appearances was a run to the quarter-finals in 2016 and Cilic is keen to improve on a very patchy record.

He added: "Generally, I haven't done too well during this US swing at Indian Wells and Miami. It's something that I'm trying to figure out myself.

"I need to remember what got me to this position. It gives me motivation to keep pushing forward. I'm focused on the things I need to do and I'm sure the results will follow."

Cilic is available at 1000/1 to claim the title in Indian Wells, with defending champion Federer priced at 1/3 and an in-form Juan Martin del Potro 3/1.

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