HEAD Tennis hero Marin Cilic showed the best form of his life during the Wimbledon fortnight, with the Croatian now eager to proceed to the North American hard courts despite coming up short in the grass final to Roger Federer. Cilic, the 2014 US Open champion who endorses the HEAD Graphene XT Prestige, lost 3-6, 1-6, 4-6. "I battled throughout, I never gave up. I gave my best - that was all I could do", said Cilic, bothered by a serious blister on his foot. "I had an amazing journey here; I played the best tennis of my life. I really hope to come back and try it one more time."

Cilic, who had appeared fully fit throughout the grand slam fortnight as he moved down opponent with his big serve, was twice seen by the trainer and doctor as the HEAD ace appeared to experience discomfort. "I got a really bad blister, I felt it in the match with (Sam) Querrey in the semis", Cilic said.

"Over the last 30 hours, the physios helped. They did as much as they could, but unfortunately I still felt the pain. Every time I had to do a reaction fast, fast change of movement, I was unable to do that. It was very tough emotionally because I know how much I went through the last few months in preparation. I hope it's not going to take long to heal. Anyway, having now three weeks off before Montreal and Cincinnati, I believe until then everything is going to be okay."

By reaching the All England club final for the first time, Cilic recorded his best Wimbledon result. His previous best was three straight years of quarter-finals 2014-2016. HEAD partner Thomas Berdych came to Wimbledon as a former finalist. He found the sort of form that ushered him through to the last Sunday back in 2010. And then he bumps into Roger Federer and bounces off the living legend without leaving so much as a dent. He lost in straight sets but they were tight sets (two hours and 18 minutes for a 6-7 (4), 6-7(4), 4-6.

Lukasz Kubot, who endorses the HEAD Graphene Touch Speed, excelled for HEAD as he and Brazilian partner Ricardo Mello won the men's doubles title over Austrian Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic of Croatia with a tight epic score line of 5-7, 7-5, 7-6(2), 3-6, 13-11 in a contest lasting four hours and forty minutes.

The match went on for so long that the court lights had to eventually be turned on to get it all completed. Kubot and Mello came together at the start of the season and have now claimed their sixth title of the season, extending a winning streak to 14 straight matches. They showed grass prowess with trophies at s’Hertogenbosch and Halle.

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