The 3rd-seeded Dominic Thiem will take on the unseeded and former U.S Open champion Marin Čilić in the first round of French Open 2020. Thiem, coming off his maiden grand slam title is being heavily endorsed as one of the favourites to have a deep run at Roland Garros. Marin Čilić, on the other hand, is a former World No.3 who seems to have lost his edge in the recent past.
Dominic Thiem vs Marin Cilic: Preview
The 2 competitors haven’t been on clay before this season’s French Open begins. While Čilić lost to Casper Rudd in Round of 16 at the Italian Open, Thiem opted to not appear at any of the clay-court events altogether. The Austrian’s appearance at the French Open will make for an interesting debut of his mental and physical health, in that, it will showcase how well he has dealt with his recent grand slam win.
Dominic Thiem vs Marin Cilic: Head-to-Head
The current World No.3 and the former World No.3 have faced each other 3 times in their career, with Thiem coming out on the bright side in all those matches. Their most recent meeting came about in the third round of U.S Open 2020.
Thiem prevailed over Čilić in 4 sets with the scoreline of 6-2, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
Dominic Thiem vs Marin Cilic: Prediction
Even though the duo haven’t clashed on the clay court, Thiem is being exceedingly favoured over Čilić to win the first round. Thiem’s current form seems to have made him invincible, however, Čilić has never backed down from a contest and it will be interesting to see the tricks that the players have up their sleeves.
Match Prediction: Dominic Thiem defeats Marin Čilic in 4 sets