‘Easier’ to play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at US Open – Marin Cilic

Marin Cilic believes his positive recent record against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will make it easier for him to prepare for their quarter-final.

The defending US Open champion has won his past three meetings with Tsonga without dropping a set.

Speaking after a four-set win over another Frenchman, Jeremy Chardy, on Sunday, Cilic said his recent wins over Tsonga counted for plenty.

“I mean, to play Tsonga is always very challenging. You know, he also had a similar last year as me, similar 12 months, I would say,” the Croatian said.

“He was also out with injury on his arm. He’s been playing up and down, I would say. He had some great results and some that probably not the best for him, but definitely always very, very tricky player. Especially in grand slams always plays great.

“I’m going to have to definitely prepare. But maybe psychologically will be easier for me to get into this match rather than for him as in last couple of matches.

“I won two or three in our meetings, the last ones, so I guess that’s going to be better preparation for me.”

Tsonga won three of the first four matches between the pair, including two at Challenger level, but Cilic is unbeaten in their three clashes since 2013.

The 30-year-old knows the challenge awaiting him.

“Now I will play against Marin. He’s a good player. He beat me a few times in the past on big matches,” Tsonga said.

“For me, it’s gonna be important, you know, to prepare this match as well as possible and try to find a way to go through.”