A pulsating encounter is on the cards when former US Open champion Marin Cilic battles against 6th-seed David Goffin in the second round at the Italian Open 2020. The two athletes have a significant rivalry amongst them and the contest in Rome will add another chapter to it.
Talking about the performance so far in the tournament, Cilic had to dig deep in his opening match. The 31-year old Croat lost the opening set before making a spirited fightback to beat Alexander Bublik 6-7, 6-2, 6-4.
On the other hand, David Goffin got a first-round bye. The 29-year old Belgian was having a decent run in the recently concluded US Open before going down to fast-rising Next Gen superstar Denis Shapovalov in the fourth round.
Marin Cilic vs David Goffin: Head-to-Head
Both the players have already faced each other on seven occasions prior to their meeting in Rome. Goffin leads the closely fought head-to-head record by a slender lead 4-3. They last battled against each other in a Round of 32 match in 2019 in Basel, Switzerland. There, Goffin had it as he outclassed Cilic in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.
Marin Cilic vs David Goffin: Prediction
Going by their rivalry, the match is expected to be close. Of late, Cilic has had a significant drop in his rankings as well as form, which may help Goffin extend his lead in head-to-head record. Nevertheless, the Belgian will literally have to play out of his skin if he wants to advance in Rome.
Match Prediction: David Goffin defeats Marin Cilic in a grueling contest that may go to the distance.