Marin Cilic said he is bracing himself for a likely Wimbledon quarter-final with long-time nemesis Novak Djokovic.
On the brink of a Wimbledon quarter-final re-match with Novak Djokovic, world number nine Marin Cilic said he will aim to be more aggressive against the top seed.
Djokovic's fourth-round clash against Kevin Anderson is set to resume on Tuesday, with the Serbian and world number one coming from two sets down to force a deciding set - when the match will start from first-up on court one.
Awaiting Djokovic in the last eight is Cilic, who has never beaten the eight-time major winner in 12 career meetings - but he came closest to doing so in the 2014 quarters at SW19.
Cilic led Djokovic by two-sets-to-one, only for the typically defiant Serb to pull out a comeback victory - with the Croatian causing Djokovic trouble in three of their four encounters last year.
The US Open champion said conservative tennis is not the way past Djokovic.
"In the game where Novak is playing at the speed that he's playing, of course, that's the speed that he's going to be better at, so I'm going to have to be more aggressive to play more risky tennis," Cilic said on his potential opponent.
"Of course that leaves less margins for error, but that's the way I was playing last year. I think this would be the best opportunity for me to try to play full on."
Djokovic has been a straight-sets winner over Cilic in their past two meetings - in Monte Carlo and in London - but the previous three saw Cilic make in-roads.
Cilic was one point away from bagelling Djokovic at Indian Wells, he took him to four sets at the French Open before falling short at the All England Club.
After downing Denis Kudla in four sets out on court three on Monday, Cilic said he felt any aggression he would bring would be tempered by the conditions - with his quarter-final likely to see him take to either centre court or court one.
"I was not playing too great today. I would say just serving wise the level was a bit, a fraction lower than my previous match with John [Isner]," Cilic said.
"I think Denis was playing really well. He was not missing much... and this court plays a bit faster than the other ones, so it was not easy.
"Obviously these two matches, the last ones, third round and second round gave me little bit more confidence as winning in five does this, so really confident for the next match."