Marin Cilic can be regarded as a dominant Server. When compared with his rivals, he takes his biggest edge with the quality of his Serve making on average 20% more aces/service winners than them. When his first serve is in 45% of the time it is unreturned and this result stands above the general average of the ATP players.
Server / High
Marin Cilic is not only a Puncher he is also a Tempo player when the baseline exchange starts. This is not especially with the backhand that he makes the difference against his rivals but more with his return. His return technique is excellent allowing him to take the ball on the rise with ease on both sides.
Tempo / Medium-high
Marin Cilic cannot be regarded as a Retriever. Winning 37% of his points by the errors of his rivals (below average) most of the time he will be the first one to attack in the rally.
Retriever / Low
From the back of the court, Marin Cilic is a Puncher. This is with the forehand that he takes risks and gets another edge against his rivals. However, this risky mind-set with the forehand leads him to a higher ratio of points but also errors than his opponents.
Puncher / High
Marin Cilic cannot be qualified as an Offensive player. However, he gets results in the average with most of the Offensive categories. Having a big serve and a big forehand, this is more likely on his first forehand after his serve that he would come in (1-2 punch approach).